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FWP "Kids to Fish" Program Allows Youths to Borrow Gear & Tackle for Free

 

August 9, 2017 | View PDF

A popular Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 program that allows children and their families to check out free fishing rods and tackle is in full swing again this year.

In time for summer fishing, FWP staff has restocked the 44 different location sites across Montana's Hi-Line. The "Kids to Fish" program lets youngsters check out fishing rods and reels and use basic tackle, such as hooks, bobbers, and sinkers. Typically, eight rods are at each location, and usually a tackle box is available to borrow/use the available tackle.

Pure Fishing, D & G Sports & Western in Glasgow, and Stromberg's Sinclair and the North 40 Outfitters store in Havre have given FWP substantial discounts that help keep the program sustainable. In addition, The Front Brewing in Great Falls, along with partner Nemont Beverage in Glasgow, were kind enough to donate money to the program.

FWP Region 6 intern Bowden Godfrey, a student at the University of Montana-Western, has been busy maintaining the gear and helping resupply the sites over the last few months.

"Just because someone doesn't have a fishing rod doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to go fishing," Godfrey said. "Whether it's a cousin in town that wants to go along, or just an extra pole is needed for catfishing on the Milk River, we want as many kids as possible to go out and fish."

"The many business owners and other folks who participate in the program deserve special thanks," adds Marc Kloker, Region 6 Information and Education Program Manager. "They're helping a lot of kids have fun on the water this summer."

The sturdy loaner rods come already rigged with bobbers, split-shot and hooks. Youngsters are required to sign out the equipment at the site and return it in good working order. Kloker reminds folks that these rods are to be brought back to the loaner location, even if damaged. "We really want these poles brought back to their location sites," says Kloker. "The next kid that comes along should also have a chance to fish."

If poles are continually lost or stolen, the program will need to make the necessary changes and location sites may be removed. In addition, some sites that haven't seen much use have had their poles removed and taken elsewhere with more opportunities.

More than 400 of these fishing rods are available to be checked out from the outlets by individuals, families, organizations, church groups and schools. If you have any questions about the program, or are interested in having poles available at other locations in your community, please contact Kloker at 406-228-3704.

Fishing rods and tackle are currently available to check out at these locations:

BAINVILLE

Bainville School

BROCKTON

B & S Quick Stop

CIRCLE

Circle Country Market

CULBERTSON

Culbertson Public Library

FORT PECK

Downstream (Kiwanis) Campground

Fort Peck Fish Hatchery

Lakeridge Motel & Tackle Shop

Fort Peck Marina

Fort Peck Interpretive Center

Rock Creek Marina

FROID

Froid Grocery

MEDICINE LAKE

Lake Pit Stop store

PLENTYWOOD

Sheridan County Library

Ace Hardware

SCOBEY

Pro Co-op

TruValue Hardware

 

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