Bear River Celebration teaches youth about water quality and wildlife on free fishing day

Youth learn about fly tying 

LOGAN – Youth of all ages learned about water conservation, water quality, and wildlife at this weekend’s 12 Annual Bear River Celebration and free fishing day. Utah State University Water Quality Extension, Division of Wildlife Resources, and Logan City Environmental Department joined forces and put the free event on for the public. The celebration took place at Willow Park West on Saturday. Families were invited to visit the fifteen educational booths and also encouraged to fish at Skylor Pond. 

As it was free fishing day in Utah and Idaho, the youth had a chance to not only fish for the day without a license, but also learn the basics of fishing, like putting bait on the hook and casting. Event organizers went to extra lengths to get Skylor Pond prepared for the family fishing day by cleaning it out. 

“We were able to take out approximately four pick-up loads and six large garbage cans of sticks, algae, garbage, fishing line, and other woody debris so it’s a lot nicer for the kids to fish,” said Tiffany Kinder, the Education Program Coordinator of USU Water Quality Extension.

The pond is full of trout, carp, smallmouth bass, bluegill, and catfish and is available for families to use if they have proper fishing licenses. 

Kinder expressed that the event was not just about free fishing day, but also to teach youth more about the Bear River Watershed and how the community can take care of water quality.

“They are going to carry this when they’re adults,” Kinder said of youth involved in the day’s activities. “They’re going to remember events like these more than they will remember something they read in a book or hear in a lecture. If they’re doing hands-on activities and they’re involved in the learning process, then they’re going to remember that for a long time.” 

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