Jun 6, 2011 11:58 AM by Matt Cloninger

Kids reel in fish, fun at Wadsworth Pond

Nearly 1,500 kids and parents reeled in some big fun on Saturday during the annual Kids Fishing Day at Wadsworth Pond.

Whether or not they made a catch, kids were enjoying the sunny, three-hour event, now in its 18th year.

Children who attended received either a free rod and reel combo or tackle box after visiting four education stations: fly tying, fish identification, knot tying and casting.

MT FWP spokesman Bruce Auchly noted, "We hope that kids take away the idea that fishing is fun, it's easy to do, it's an activity you can enjoy your whole life."

Nearly 100 volunteers from Malmstrom Air Force Base, Walleyes Unlimited, Missouri River Fly Fishers, North Middle School Fishing Club, and MT FWP made the event a success.

Hugh and Kristy shared with us this picture of the 9-year old son Franky McLaughlin, who caught a 6# 20.5" large mouth bass about 15 feet off shore during the event.

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