Great fun had by all during Free Fishing Day at Wilkins’ Pond

Kamiah, Idaho (June 14, 2019) – Saturday, June 8 marked the 31st year in which Wilkins’ Pond hosted events for Idaho’s Free Fishing Day. 53 kids registered for the event and enjoyed a A young boy holds up the fish he caught at Free Fishing Day in front of the measuring tent.morning spent fishing for bass and trout with their families. The breezy, brisk morning managed to produce intermittent warm spells in unison with the coming and going of the sun. The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, Bureau of Land Management, and Idaho Department of Fish and Game helped put on the event and were glad to see such a good turnout!

Grangeville Lions Club drove out for the day to grill free hot dogs and supply free drinks to all event participants! They also kindly donated a cash allowance which was used to purchase fishing gear, gift certificates, and other prizes from local vendors such as Rae Brothers, Crema Café, and Ace Hardware. Fishing rods and reels were awarded for the largest fish, second–largest fish, smallest fish, and casting contests winners in each age division. Grangeville Centennial Library donated free books for participants to take home with them. Random drawings were held throughout the event and lucky winners received tackle boxes, tackle, gift certificates, and fishing poles. Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear even stopped in to visit with families and see the day’s catch!

Radek Edwards was the first participant to start the day off with a catch, reeling in a beautiful 13 7/8 inch bass.

In the 8–and–under fishing competition category, Largest Fish was awarded to Mason Holeman for a catch measured at 15 1/4 inches. Second–largest was caught by Kobe Nadiger, measuring 14 1/2 inches. Khloe Burch brought in the smallest fish of the age group, which measured 5 3/8 inches. The winner of the casting contest was awarded to five–year–old Daxton Alm, with sibling Zoey Alm taking second place.

In the 9–12 age group, Riley Bishop caught a 15 inch beauty to win Largest Fish, followed by Ali Rambo’s second place 14 7/8 inch catch. Smallest Fish was won by Briggs Rambo and measured in at a whopping 5 3/4 inches. First place in the casting contest was awarded to Loretta Johnson, with Malcolm Beckman taking a close second.

Special thanks go out to Jeff and Carla Wilkins for allowing the use of their pond! Each year they are more than accommodating and help to make the day enjoyable for all.

Thank you to the Grangeville Lions Club as well for all that they have contributed again this year! Thanks to Rae Brothers Sporting Goods and Crema Café for the donations of gifts, which placed smiles on so many young ketchup–covered faces!

A big thank you also to Ethan Bishop and Randy Sullivan, Idaho Department of Fish and Game; Craig Johnson, Bureau of Land Management; and Donalyn Bliss, Thomas Finlinson, Ben Uptmor, Tyler Martin, Kody Martin, Harrison Lutz, Jennie Fischer, Archie Tirado, Paul Ptack, Sharon Miller, Stephen Hampton and Frances Derezes from the Forest Service for all their hard work for organizing and setting up this fun event! See you next year!

 

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Photo: Seven year old Radek Edwards reeled in the first fish of the day at the 2019 Free Fishing Day events at Wilkins’ Pond in Grangeville on June 8. USDA Forest Service photo by Amanda Maki.

 





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