TakeMeFishing.org has announced its most recent awards for groups going out of their way to take kids fishing. And the winners are…
American Canoe Association — “Empowering Youth through Kayak Fishing”
Fredericksburg, VAThis program will provide underserved middle school students in Richmond, Virginia with the opportunity to receive both fishing and paddlesport instruction and then use recreational kayaks to put their skills to the test. Students will be exposed to fishing from the bank and out on the water. In addition, they will learn boating safety and gain a greater understanding of fishing’s role in the natural world. Expected Participants: 34,
resulting in a total of 317 hours spent fishing.
Cast Hope — “Fly Fishing Camping Excursion” Chico, CAA first-ever, three-day fly fishing and camping trip on the Trinity River will provide kids and mentors with the opportunity to develop fly fishing skills. The group will be taught how to reach the water, match the hatch and practice conservation-based fishing through catch and release. Campers will be from low-income, single parent homes that have been part of Cast Hope’s previous fishing lessons. Expected Participants: 40, resulting in a total of 1,760 hours spent fishing.
Friends of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge — “Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge Festival” Las Vegas, NMThis festival will target 100 students and their families, all residents of the small, rural community of Maxwell, New Mexico. Experts will teach tackle assembly, fish and fish habitat identification, casting, state rules and regulations, fishing safety and ethics, basic fly-fishing and the mission of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Students will learn about National Wildlife Refuges and develop the skills to enjoy fishing at these national
treasures. Expected Participants: 200, resulting in a total of 1,200 hours spent fishing.
Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery — “Fishing Derbies” Neosho, MOFour fishing derby events will educate participants about the joys of fishing. Each event will target different sectors of the population, including veterans, kids, Boy and Girl Scouts and seniors. Events will also incorporate sportsmanship, honor, conservation, nature and recreation. Participants will be provided with rods, reels and bait, and they will be taught about fishing, boating, and cooking techniques. Expected Participants: 2000, resulting in a total of 40,000 hours spent fishing.
Georgia Wildlife Federation — “Georgia’s Camp Charlie at the Alcovy Conservation Center” Covington, GAThe second annual Camp Charlie weekend in the Piedmont region of Georgia will provide five families with a camping and fishing experience. The families will be chosen from a program organized to meet the challenges of “at risk” children and their families. Each family will be assigned a mentor who will demonstrate that fishing is rewarding and accessible. Expected Participants: 50, resulting in a total of 2,200 hours spent fishing.
Lake Champlain International, Inc. — “Strengthening the Vermont Angling Heritage”
Colchester, VTSeveral clinics will teach the “Let’s Go Fishing” program that inspires life-long fishers and stewards of Vermont’s water resources. Kids and families will be introduced to aquatic ecology management, habitat conservation, ethics and recreational fishing. Fishing poles purchased for the program will help build a fishing pole loan program. Expected Participants: 1,100, resulting in a total of 6,600 hours spent fishing.
Robert Benson — “Let’s All Fish! (¡Pescamos Todos!) Hyrum, UTThis project will bring the benefits of fishing to residents of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in Northern Utah. CORE’s youth fishing program will be expanded to include fishing classes for adults and teens, and a free lending library of fishing equipment will be established for everyone in the community. Expected Participants:
100, resulting in a total of 2,700 hours spent fishing.
Trout Unlimited — Sierra Trout Camp Truckee, CAA four-day overnight camp for 20 California and Nevada elementary students will get kids fishing and educate them about aquatic entomology, fishing skills and fly-tying. Students will collect streamside insect samples and learn to set up a rod, cast and release fish. Students will also be taught about the role of conservation in fishing. Expected Participants: 25, resulting in a total of 750 hours spent fishing.
Kyle Miller — GuideBreeze Wounded Warrior Project Plano, TXA website will help connect wounded warriors at Walter Reed Medical Center and their children with experienced fishing guides. The guides will provide free therapeutic outdoor adventures, and local film students will film the adventures. The film will ultimately reveal the power of fishing and the outdoors. Expected Participants: 35, including 4,200 youth.
Refuge Friends, Inc. — “Get Hooked!” Bloomington, MNThis summer adventure camp will connect 120 urban youth from the Twin Cities to the outdoors through recreational activities, including fishing. Students will learn how to identify fish, cast a line, fish ethically, be safe in and near the water and find places to fish in their neighborhoods. They will also learn about the importance of wetland habitat and conservation, and each participant will receive a starter angler starter kit. Expected
Participants: 140, resulting in a total of 1,120 hours spent fishing.