Going Fishing? Take the Kids
There may be snow on the ground outside, but the first fishing trips (excluding ice fishing) of the year are right around the corner.
But where should you go? As any fisherman in Wyoming knows, not all lakes and streams are created equal where kids are concerned.
Full of fun and energy, kids’ vibrant natures make it nearly impossible, or at least difficult, to get them to sit still and keep quiet while they watch a still line in the water, waiting for the morning bite.
Most kids, with some exceptions of course, lack the technical know-how and patience to fish those fast moving mountain streams and torrential rivers, too.
What options are left, then? The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) has a few suggestions.
Generally, the WGFD suggests waters that are known to offer fast action to keep kids’ attention. Fish size matters next to nothing for most kids, so long as they get to reel something in.
There are several community fisheries that fit the bill perfectly.
Here at home, strike out for the Gillette Fishing Lake in pursuit of bluegill, bullhead catfish, black perch, and the occasional rainbow trout.
Craving diversity? Plot a course for various ponds located in Ranchester, Sundance, Wright, and Newcastle.
All of them are stocked similarly to the Gillette Fishing Lake, but a few offer other options like small and largemouth bass.
Tired of city fishing? Check out Healy Reservoir, northeast of Buffalo, that is chock-full of yellow perch and a decent chance of hooking a tiger muskie.
North of Sheridan, the Kleenburn Ponds are another good spot, stocked with a combination of bass and trout.
Don’t forget about Osage Reservoir, also called the Black Hills Power and Light Reservoir, just outside of the Town of Osage. Here, largemouth bass are king but there are plenty of decently sized brown and rainbow trout, too.
For older children willing to hike, check a few waters in the Bighorn Mountains.
Sawmill Reservoir, Sawmill lakes #1 and #2, and Calvin Lake all offer excellent brook and cutthroat fishing.
The point is, it doesn’t really matter where you take your kids fishing, as long as you are getting them out there and in the experience.
Best of luck this season!