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Gone Fishin’; Fishing week kicking off in Truckee

Bruce Ajari

As part of National Fishing Week, half a million Americans are expected to participate in more than 2,500 fishing tournaments, clinics and educational programs between May 30 and June 7. Thousands of activities that will occur in every state and U.S. territory provide a perfect opportunity for people to learn and enjoy this great American pastime.

This year’s theme, “Catch a Smile,” is aimed at encouraging kids and their parents to learn about fishing together and share a special family experience. Tennis superstar Michael Chang is this year’s honorary chairman for National Fishing Week.

There are an estimated 50 million anglers in America.

“National Fishing Week is a great way to get kids involved in a wonderful sport and to get families involved in something that is good for their kids and good for them,” says Chang. “Fishing is a great family sport that creates some real fond memories.”

Mike Hayden, president of the National Fishing Week Steering Committee, estimates that there will be more than 2,500 separate fishing-related events during National Fishing Week. Many of these will be sponsored by local civic organizations and state natural resource agencies. Most Federal wildlife refuges and national forests will also be organizing special activities to mark the week.

Fairly close to home at Big Bend, near Rainbow Lodge, off Interstate 80, a Fisheries Awareness Day is being held Saturday, June 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The U.S. Forest Service, Gold Country Fly Fishers, and the California Department of Fish and Game will be hosting the event. It includes an opportunity for the kids to fish and learn more about the fish’s environment. Call the Visitors Center at (530) 426-3609 for more information.

This year, 46 states, including all U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, will offer free fishing days to introduce citizens to angling and encourage former anglers to try the sport again. Although each state establishes its own criteria for free fishing days, many states waive fishing license requirements, enforce limited restrictions and sponsor special activities at local events.

California holds two free fishing days, one in the spring and another in the fall.

The first will be this Saturday and the second, Saturday, Sept. 26. No license is required on these two days, but all other gear restrictions and bag limits apply.

Pick up a copy of the California Sport Fishing Regulations if you plan on going out for the first time and ask the local sporting goods stores for additional information.

On Sunday, June 7, a limited number of lucky kids 8 to 16 years in age will get the opportunity to learn to flyfish at the Truckee River Regional Park, the large ballfield.

There will be two sessions, one from 9 to 11 a.m. and the other from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

There is a $5 fee that is a donation to the Truckee River Habitat Restoration Group. Equipment is provided for the children to use.

This worthwhile event is sponsored by the California School of Flyfishing, Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District, Sage Rods, Truckee River Outfitters, Mountain Hardware and Safeway.

The Truckee 4-H Club will also be there to sell food to the hungry participants and onlookers. This events is a great one for our community. With so many great areas to fish, our kids are missing a great opportunity if they do not get involved with this sport. I hope this becomes an annual event for Truckee.

Get out and participate in National Fishing Week. Whether you attend one of these activities or simply go out and fish, take a child along and make it a special experience. Fishing is a great pastime to share.

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