Sandra Larson of Fort Benton holds an 8.3-pound walleye she caught at Great Falls kids fishing day.

North central Montana’s annual kid’s fishing day in Great Falls was again a success, with about 1,750 people attending the three-hour event.

The final head count was approximately 950 youngsters and 800 adults at the 19th annual aquatic education event at Wadsworth Lake on the west side of Great Falls.

Despite high water and windy conditions a few fish were caught during the event, including a 26-inch, 8.3-pound walleye hooked by Sandra Larson of Fort Benton.

The event was made possible by volunteers from Walleyes Unlimited, Missouri River Flyfishers, Malmstrom Air Force Base, U.S. Forest Service and Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Children who attended received either a free rod and reel combo or tackle box after visiting four education stations: fly tying, fish identification, knot tying and casting.

Logo courtesy of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, image courtesy of Walleyes Unlimited

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