Stocked with equipment and information, Fish and Game’s fishing trailer will soon be making more than 30 appearances at local ponds across the region, promoting fishing as part of a healthy outdoor lifestyle.

To learn more about the trailer, contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 465-8465. More information regarding the fishing trailer will soon be available on Fish and Game’s website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov.

With its exterior wrapped completely with vibrant fish illustrations, the trailer is hard to miss.

“The big fish and vivid colors make the trailer a kid magnet,” Fish and Game conservation educator Evin Oneale said. “That’s what we wanted; a focal point to help get a kid excited about fishing.”

But the important stuff is inside the trailer.

“The idea is to bring fishing equipment and fishing expertise to what we call our ‘bicycle fisheries’ – local, neighborhood ponds,” Oneale said. “All kids and their parents have to do is show up; we’ll get them geared up and on the water. We hope our efforts will get kids excited about fishing and help build a new generation of anglers.”

The trailer’s 2013 schedule will kick off at McDevitt Pond in Boise on Saturday, March 23 followed by a stop at Wilson Ponds in Nampa on March 30. A fishing license is not needed by any participant that registers at the trailer for the duration of the event, regardless of age or residency.

“Everyone is welcome at these events, but we want to make a point of inviting kids and their parents who have an interest in fishing but lack the equipment and perhaps the knowledge to get started,” Oneale said. “The only cost is a bit of time, and the idea is to help people gain enough fishing experience and confidence to strike out on their own and enjoy fishing as a fun, family activity.”

2013 Southwest Region Fishing Trailer Schedule

Date – Location – Time

Saturday, March 23 – McDevitt Pond, Boise – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, March 30 – Wilson Ponds, Nampa – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3 – Parkcenter Pond, Boise – 3-7 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 – Wilson Ponds, Nampa – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday, April 11 – Quinns Pond, Boise – 3-7 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 – Kleiner Pond, Meridian – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17 – Settlers Pond, Meridian – 3-7 p.m.
Thursday, April 18 – Weiser Community Pond – 3-7 p.m.
Sunday, April 21 – Wilson Ponds, Nampa – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Unplugged Event)
Wednesday, April 24 – McDevitt Pond, Boise – 3-7 p.m. (Unplugged Event)
Thursday, April 25 – Kleiner Pond, Meridian – 3-7 p.m. (Unplugged Event)
Saturday, April 27 – Eds Pond, Emmett – 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (Youth Appreciation Day)
Thursday, May 2 – Kleiner Pond, Meridian – 4-8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8 – Sego Prairie Pond, Kuna – 4-8 p.m.
Thursday, May 9 – Wilson Ponds, Nampa – 4-8 p.m.
Saturday, May 11 – Weiser Community Pond – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wednesday, May 15 – McDevitt Pond, Boise – 4-8 p.m.
Thursday, May 16 – Merrill Pond, Boise – 4-8 p.m.
Saturday, May 18 – Williams Pond, Boise – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday, May 19 – Mill Pond, Horseshoe Bend – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22 – Wilson Ponds, Nampa – 4-8 p.m.
Thursday, May 23 – Kleiner Pond, Meridian – 4-8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 29 – Parkcenter Pond, Boise – 4-8 p.m.
Thursday, May 30 – McDevitt Pond, Boise – 4-8 p.m.
Saturday, June 1 – Settlers Pond, Meridian – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, June 8 – McDevitt Pond, Boise – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Free Fishing Day)
Wednesday, June 12 – Settlers Pond, Meridian – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday, June 13 – Kleiner Pond, Meridian – 4-8 p.m.
Saturday, June 15 – Williams Pond, Boise – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 19 – McDevitt Pond, Boise – 4-8 p.m.
Thursday, June 20 – Wilson Ponds, Nampa – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, June 22 – Sawyers Ponds, Emmett – 8 a.m.-noon (4-H Fishing Event)
Wednesday, June 26 – Mill Pond, Horseshoe Bend – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday, June 27 – Wilson Ponds, Nampa – 4-8 p.m.

Image courtesy Idaho Fish and Game

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