Bassers teach fishing during the 25th Annual Kids Fishing Clinic

Photo courtesy of Mel Mytty
Children learn to fish during Montana’s annual clinic, and the caught fish are redistributed to lakes as part of a stocking initiative.

STEVENSVILLE, Mont. — Youngsters from Missoula and surrounding communities will get a chance to learn about fishing and catch some bass June 11 during the 25th Annual Kids Fishing Clinic at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.

Big Sky Bassers club members help run the program ever year at the refuge ponds which are usually closed to public fishing and have an overabundance of bass. “We work with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks because all of the fish the kids catch are marked, counted, measured and transferred to some other state lakes that need a little help with bass,” said Curtis Spindler, club spokesman.

The event in recent years has drawn more than 100 kids ranging in age from 7 to 12, according to Spindler, and more than 2,300 children have gone through the program.

The Kids Fishing Clinic begins with an educational session on fish biology, the ethics of fishing and fishing techniques, followed by a couple of hours of fishing on the refuge ponds.

For more information, e-mail Jeff Lund with the Big Sky Bassers at jeffro_92@yahoo.com or visit the Montana B.A.S.S. Federation Nation site.

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