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Getting the next generation outdoors: the importance of teaching our youth to fish By Gary W. Flanagan, Placer County Fish & Game Commission

California has 2,795,253 anglers who spent $2.4 billion while fishing in California in 2017, which supported more than 35,000 jobs and had a $4.6 billion impact on the state’s economic output according to the American Sportfishing Association and Southwick Associates.

A large amount this money goes to the management of California’s fisheries. Without an influx of young fishers, this money would eventually dry up. This is why fishing opportunities for young folks are extremely important.

The future of managing wildlife in California is in the hands of our youth.

Placer County has a wonderful outdoor recreational environment and any time we can introduce kids to the great outdoors, we invest in the conservation, preservation and sound management of our natural resources. But sometimes kids and their parents are unable to reach some of our beautiful lakes and rivers. Providing local venues provides additional fishing holes for kids who can oftentimes just walk to their local park ponds.

With all this in mind, the Placer County Fish and Game Commission, Auburn Regional Park District and California Department of Fish and Wildlife will be hosting their second Youth Fishing Day Dec. 15 at Auburn Regional Park Pond. The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s “Fishing in the City Program” will be planting catchable-size trout in the pond and will be supplying free rods, reels, tackle and bait for the event. The event will have volunteers on hand to teach and help these young anglers be successful. No fishing license is required.

The first event in October event had over 200 kids show up to fish for catfish and was a huge success. If history is any indicator, it is easy to imagine this upcoming youth fishing day will be equally successful.

Picture courtesy of Kari Freidig, Fish and Game Commission
Picture courtesy of Kari Freidig, Fish and Game Commission
Picture courtesy of Kari Freidig, Fish and Game Commission

This event begins at 8 a.m. and goes until noon. After that, fishing will be allowed for adults who possess a valid fishing license. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be made available, free of charge, while it lasts.

For more information on the“Fishing in the City Program,” please go to: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing-in-the-city

You can learn more and RSVP for the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2142744412454877/

Story produced by

Placer County Communications and Public Affairs

Background photography: Erik Bergen

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