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Small fry: Young anglers get a taste for fishing

Wyoming Game and Fish partnered with local sponsors to host several ‘kids’ fishing day’ events around the state this month.

Nathaiya Robinson, 8, of Casper, shows off her catch during free fishing day June 1, 2024 at Yesness Park in Casper. (Dustin Bleizeffer/WyoFile)

By Dustin Bleizeffer

There’s nothing quite like a child’s joy at catching a fish, and there were a lot of smiles on display at Yesness Park in Casper earlier this month.

Griz Roesler, 11, of Casper, angles for his sixth bluegill of the day June 1, 2024 at Yesness Park in Casper. (Dustin Bleizeffer/WyoFile)

More than 148 kids cast fishing lines into the Yesness pond on June 1 to angle for bluegill, trout and bullheads — part of several kids fishing events to celebrate the state’s annual Free Fishing Day. Wyoming Game and Fish employees were on hand to offer pointers and encouragement. The agency also partnered with several local charities and businesses to host kids fishing day events in Lander and Riverton.

The Bighorn National Forest will host a Kids’ Fishing Day Saturday at the Bear Lodge pond near Burgess Junction. Fishing rods will be on loan for kids who don’t have their own.


This article was originally published by WyoFile and is republished here with permission. WyoFile is an independent nonprofit news organization focused on Wyoming people, places and policy.

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