Kids, the Refuge has partnered with Big Sky Basser's (Basser's) and Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks for over 26 years in hosting the Kids Fishing Clinic (Clinic ) just for you! Especially if you are aged 7-12, you can participate; merely have your parents fill out an application and mail back to the Basser's to register. Applications are typically found at Bob Ward's (Hamilton and Missoula), Sportsmen Warehouse, Sports Authority, and Rodda Paint.
The Clinic usually is scheduled for the second Saturday of June with fishing and educational activities running from 9 am to 2 pm. The 2014 Clinic is scheduled for June 7. Over 2,300 kids, just like you have attended the Clinic.
The Basser's supply all fishing tackle along with lunch...a great deal indeed for you kids! You will even get a supply of fishing tackle to take home so you can continue to have fun fishing at other places. Oh, almost forgot to mention that a cool-looking t-shirt is a souvenir for you to keep. The shirt will remind you of your new skills: casting, hooking, snagging weeds, learning about wetland plants and animals, and holding/releasing fish...oh, they are slippery.
This graph shows the number of bass caught from selected years. Ladd Knotek, fisheries biologist with Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks, supplied the Refuge with the data describing the number of fish caught measuring 12 inches or more. Did you know that a large-mouthed bass over 16 inches in length are at least 6 years old; these fish grow slowly in cool waters.
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Characteristic species of riparian, gallery forest habitat; requires snags for nesting and eats free-flying insects and fruit.