The Hotchkiss National Fish Hatchery will host its annual Return of Huck Finn Days fishing derby on Saturday, June 16, at Volunteer Park near Paonia (about one mile west of town on Mathews Lane).
The ponds are located directly behind the baseball fields to the north along the river.
Last year, 118 kids had fun fishing. They were joined by Honkers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's blue goose mascot, and Smokey Bear from the U.S. Forest Service.
The derby is a great way to instill the love of sport fishing to our young children. It is hoped this will help build the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.
The fishing derby is free to kids ages 3-12. They must be accompanied by an adult, and they should bring their own poles and bait. The ponds will be freshly stocked with 12-inch trout.
Through the generous support of local businesses, there will be prizes of all kinds.blog comments powered by Disqus