Future fishermen and their families were in abundance at this years annual Tugman Park Kids Free Fishing Day event, making it a huge success.
Over 320 children learned about a wide range of fishing activities. Kids attending, as well as many parents, learned:
- Fish identification
- Fishing etiquette
- Knot tying
- Lure making
- Fly casting
In addition, all attendees learned about water safety from the Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers and the importance of wearing life jackets.
All attendees under the age of 15, were allowed to fish in a special net pen full of very hungry rainbow trout. Three days prior to ‘free fishing day’ they stop feeding the fish, guaranteeing a quick catch experience for the young.
Volunteers baited, encouraged and took the fish off the hooks. This year was the first year three trophy trout were in the pen, but only one was caught.
Volunteers at the cleaning station were kept very busy cleaning everyone’s fish and placing them in bags of ice to keep for the ride home. This was the second year that kids fishing rods were given away and 250 were given away on a first come first serve basis.
A total 36 sponsors supported the event with fishing rods, equipment, and food to make this year’s event another great success.
Lakeside supporters included:
- Ringos Lakeside Marina
- The Stables Restaurant and Pizzeria
- 8th St. Grill
- Lakeshore Lodge
- Tree Acres
- Up the Creek Tavern
- Lakeside Towing
- Lakeside Forge & Fabrication
- Hennicks Lakeside Hardware and Lumber
- Ursery’s Rock Bin
These wonderful businesses and many others from Reedsport and Coos Bay helped make this wonderful event a success.
Mike Mader, Tenmile Watershed Coordinator, and organizer of the event stated, “this day is not just a Salmon Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) event, this event has grown to become a Lakeside Community event. ”