Date: June 22, 2006
Contact: Mark Gorges 307-775-6100
Kristen Lenhardt 307-775-6103
BLM Contributes to Successful
17th Annual Cheyenne Family Fishing Day
Over 1000 participants gathered at Sloan’s Lake for the 17th Annual Cheyenne Family Fishing Day on Saturday, June 3. Nineteen volunteers took time to educate the public on fish biology, fishing ethics, and fishing technique.
This year, 542 registered kids between ages 2-14 attended the event, as opposed to last year’s attendance totaling 200 participants with only 73 registered children.
“It was a great day with great weather,” said Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wyoming State Office Fisheries Biologist, Mark Gorges. “Kids and their families showed up in record numbers to fish.”
Each child received a gift bag as well, consisting of a small tackle box, hooks and weights, bobbers, and other various items. Due to the total donations made by numerous organizations, matched by BLM, children obtained rod and reel combination prizes, binoculars, and flashlights.
Different agencies supplied participants with information regarding fishing in the state of Wyoming. Instructors also gave a live fish display and allowed the children to sort through trays of algae and invertebrates from the lake, teaching them how to identify local species and understand the lake ecology.
Sponsors included BLM Wyoming State Office, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, U.S. Forest Service, Cheyenne Parks and Recreation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Trout Unlimited, Cheyenne Sportsmen’s Outlet, K-Mart, Wal-mart, and West Laramie Fly Store.
For more information, please contact Mark Gorges at (307) 775-6100.