Stocked with equipment and information, Idaho Fish and Game's new fishing trailer will soon be making the circuit at local ponds across the region, promoting fishing as part of a healthy outdoor lifestyle.
The trailer, its exterior wrapped with vibrant fish illustrations, is hard to miss.
"It's eye-catching for sure, both for kids and adults," Fish and Game conservation educator Evin Oneale said. "That's what we wanted; something to grab an adult's attention and 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,' the local ponds," Oneale said. "All kids and their parents have to do is show up."
"We hope our efforts will get kids excited about fishing and help build a new generation of anglers," Oneale said.
The trailer's inaugural event will be at Merrill Pond in Eagle on Thursday evening, June 4, followed by a stop at McDevitt Pond in Meridian on June 6.
"Everyone is welcome, 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.
Oneale worked with local Eagle artist Ward Hooper to develop the trailer artwork.
"I'm hoping Ward can stop by the Merrill Pond event to visit with folks and admire his handiwork," Oneale said. "He really did a wonderful job for us."
To learn more about the trailer, contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 208-465-8465.
Southwest Region Fishing Trailer Schedule
- Thursday, June 4 - Merrill Pond (Eagle) - 4 to 8 p.m.
- Saturday, June 6 - McDevitt Pond (Meridian) - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Thursday, June 18 - Riverside Pond (Boise) - 4 to 8 p.m.
- Saturday, June 20 - Parkcenter Pond (Boise) - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Thursday, June 25 - Rotary Pond (Caldwell) - 4 to 8 p.m.
- Saturday, June 27 - Ed's Pond (Emmett) - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Thursday, July 9 - Wilson Ponds (Nampa) - 4 to 8 p.m.
- Saturday, July 11 - Mill Pond (Horseshoe Bend) - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Thursday, July 16 - Marsing Pond - 4 to 8 p.m.
- Saturday, July 18 - Sawyer's Ponds (Emmett) - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Thursday, July 22 (tentative) - Fischer Pond (Cascade) - 4 to 9 p.m.
- Thursday, July 30 - McDevitt Pond (Meridian) - 4 to 9 p.m.
- Saturday, August 1 - Parkcenter Pond (Boise) - 4 to 9 p.m.
View the schedule separately, with photos, here: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/fish/misc/trailer/r3.cfm
And check the fishing trailers video at this location: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zQzY-pnJnM&feature=channel_page