Tri-State Steelheaders and Walla Walla USACE Host Free Kids’ Fishing Day

Story by Jennifer McFadden Allen

Parents and children line up to register and receive their free goodie bags as part of the free Kids’ Fishing Day held at Bennington Lake, June 11, 2017. (Photo by Jennifer McFadden Allen)

 

More than 75 children joined the Tri-State SteelHeaders Salmon Enhancement Group and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, for a free Kids’ Fishing Day at Bennington Lake on June 11, 2017.

“At the Tri-State Steelheaders Salmon Enhancement Group, our mission is restoration, education and recreation. This event, which we have sponsored for more than 15 years, allows us to accomplish several of these,” said Brian Burns, the executive director and project manager for the Tri-State Steelheaders.

Participants received gift bags that included fishing gear and an entry into the casting contest. They were also treated to free hot dogs and soda.

Bennington Lake has been stocked several times by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and there were catchable (8-12 inch, ½ pound) and jumbo (14 inches or more, 1 ½ pound each) Rainbow Trout for the taking.

“This is one of the largest turn-outs we have ever seen,” Burns said. “It is encouraging to see so many who want to learn and be a part of something really fun.”

New fishing rods were available for loan to kids without gear and for those who wanted to try their hand at a new hobby.

“We have several fundraisers that help us support this effort and we were blessed to receive new fishing gear recently,” Burns explained.

All participating children were entered into a drawing for a new fishing rod, which were provided through donations to the Tri-State Steelheaders.

At the conclusion of the event the winner of the Biggest Fish competition was announced. The winning fish, coming in at 15 1/2 inches, belonged to Kyle Borgman. “I had so much fun today,” exclaimed Borgman as he picked out his new fishing gear.

 “We are trying to educate kids about fishing and hopefully they will take away a life-long love of recreational fishing and they become conservationist in the process,” said Burns.

Kyle Borgman, the big winner of the day, shows off his winnings. Borgman won the big fish contest with a fish of 15 ½ inches, and is awarded a new fishing rod and fishing gear. The prizes were part of a free Kids’ fishing day held at Bennington Lake, June 11, 2017. (Photo by Jennifer McFadden Allen)

L.J. Garza looks on as Brian Burns, the executive director and project manager for the Tri-State Steelheaders, measures his qualifying fish as part of the free Kids’ Fishing day at Bennington Lake, June 11, 2017. (Photo by Jennifer McFadden Allen)

Kids from the Walla Walla area gathered to try their hand at fishing during a free Kids’ Fishing Day, sponsored by the Tri-State Steelheaders and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, at Bennington Lake, June 11, 2017.

 

 

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