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Cheyenne Family Fishing Day Once Again a Huge Success

by Anthony Sara

A group of children gather around Smokey Bear at the 2007 Cheyenne Family Fishing Day.
Photo by Anthony Sara

Fishing Day donations.

Over 500 prizes including: fishing poles, tackle boxes and flash lights were given out to children and their parents at this year’s Fishing Day event. Photo by Anthony Sara

Cheyenne Fishing Day participants.

Children and their parents line the shore of Sloan’s Lake of the 2007 Fishing Day June 2 in Cheyenne, Wyo. Photo by Kristen Lenhardt

As anglers lined the shores of Sloan’s Lake, the scene could have been an ocean coastline. Instead, the anglers were enjoying the 18th Annual Cheyenne, Wyo. Family Fishing Day. Around 600 people turned out for this year’s annual event that took place on June 2.

Children and their families began lining up an hour before the doors even opened to the city’s Old Community House in Lion’s Park. Fishing Day volunteer Bill Daniels said he received a lot of positive feedback about the agency’s involved and that the children not only learned a lot but had fun doing it.

“Many adults who had children at Fishing Day came up to me and praised the agencies who were involved,” Daniels said. “They expressed that they and their children enjoyed and learned much about fishing and the outdoors as a result of this Family Fishing Day.”

Children 2-14 years of age were each given free prizes including a rod and real set, tackle boxes and flashlights. There were also drawings throughout the day for the adults that included float tubes and camping gear. The young fishermen also had the opportunity to identify fish found in the lake, aquatic insects and aquatic nuisance species, as well as learn fishing and casting techniques along with fly and knot tying.

Fishing Day was organized through the coordination between Bureau of Land Management Wyoming, the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wyoming Game and Fish. Daniels said those who volunteered were happy to be part of the successful event.

“All the agency representatives who volunteered their time felt it was well worth the effort to help the children and their parents to find out how to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and secure manner,” Daniels said. 

Last updated: 05-13-2008