MAY 13, 2010

Kidsí fishing day is Saturday, May 15

    The 20th annual Kidsí Fishing day, sponsored by Dworshak National Fish Hatchery, will be Saturday, May 15 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Nez Perce Tribe will host the event at Tunnel Pond; parking will be at the lot below Orofino High School on Hwy. 7, near Gentle Family Dentistry. There will be a free shuttle bus to the pond from this lot. The shuttle will leave the lot at the top and bottom of each hour, beginning at 8 a.m.; it will leave the fishing pond and return to the lot at 15 and 45 minutes of each hour until 3:15 p.m.

    Children 12 years and under will be able to catch up to two large rainbow trout. Bait, tackle and equipment will be provided. Children are encouraged to bring their own equipment, if they have any. Children will also receive a prize and a bag of ice to keep their fish fresh for the trip home. All activities are free of charge.

    Children and families can choose to participate in a variety of other fishing-related activities taking place at the pond, including Gyotaku (Japanese fish printing) where kids of all ages are welcome to try their hand at decorating and printing a model fish on paper. The local 4th grade studentsí entries for the Kidsí Fishing Day Poster Contest will be on display for the public and winners will be announced. The Clearwater County Sheriffs Department is staffing a jet ski simulation display, and other exhibits and displays will be available.

    Lunch fare will be offered by Orofino Boy Scout Troop #536 at a concession stand. Hayden George and Ben Palmer are providing leadership in this fundraiser in order to generate funds for their Eagle Scout projects. Fish up an appetite, and then support our local youth.

    This popular event is part of Take Me Fishing activities sponsored across the country. Both Dworshak Hatchery and the Nez Perce Tribe are excited to offer kids the chance to learn the lifelong sport of fishing, and are looking forward to a good turnout again this year.

    Join Dworshak National Fish Hatchery at Tunnel Pond on Saturday, May 15 and catch a smile!