Press Release

'Take Me Fishing' trailer will tour SW Idaho ponds in April through June

Take a kid fishing!

Stocked with equipment and information, Fish and Game’s fishing trailer will soon be making more than 25 appearances at local ponds across the region, promoting fishing as part of a healthy outdoor lifestyle.

To learn more about the trailer program, contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 465-8465. More information regarding the fishing trailer program, including other regional trailer schedules, will soon be posted on Fish and Game’s website at

With its exterior wrapped completely with vibrant fish illustrations, the trailer is hard to miss. “The big fish and vivid colors make the trailer a kid magnet,” Fish and Game communications manager Evin Oneale said. “That’s what we’re after; a focal point to help get a kid excited about fishing.”

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Evin Oneale, IDFG

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’ – local neighborhood ponds,” Oneale noted. “All kids and their parents have to do is show up; we’ll get them geared up and on the water.”

“We hope our efforts will get kids excited about fishing and help build a new generation of anglers,” Oneale added.

The trailer’s 2019 schedule will kick off at Kleiner Pond in Meridian on Saturday, April 6th followed by a stop at Settlers Pond on Wednesday, April 10th. A fishing license is not needed by any participant that registers at the trailer for the duration of the event, regardless of age or residency. “Everyone is welcome at these events, 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. “The only cost is a bit of time, and the idea is to help people gain enough fishing experience and confidence to strike out on their own and enjoy fishing as a fun, family activity.”

2019 Southwest Idaho Fishing Trailer Schedule

Saturday, April 6      Kleiner Pond      10:00am-2:00pm
Wednesday, April 10      Settlers Pond      4:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday, April 11      McDevitt Pond      4:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, April 13      Esthers Pond      10:00am-2:00pm​​​​​​​
Wednesday, April 17      Williams Pond      4:00pm-8:00pm

Thursday, April 18      Wilson Ponds      4:00pm-8:00pm​​​​​​​
Saturday, April 20      McDevitt Pond      10:00am-2:00pm​​​​​​​
Wednesday, April 24      Settlers Pond      4:00pm-8:00pm​​​​​​​
Thursday, April 25      Kleiner Pond      4:00pm-8:00pm​​​​​​​
Saturday, April 27      Eds Pond      11:00am-3:00pm

Wednesday, May 1      Esthers Pond      4:00pm-8:00pm​​​​​​​
Thursday, May 2      Wilson Ponds      4:00pm-8:00pm​​​​​​​
Saturday, May 4      Kleiner Pond      10:00am-2:00pm​​​​​​​
Wednesday, May 8      Sterling Park Pond      4:00pm-8:00pm​​​​​​​
Thursday, May 9      Settlers Pond      4:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, May 11      Weiser Pond      10:00am-2:00pm​​​​​​​
Wednesday, May 15      Sawyers Pond      4:00pm-8:00pm​​​​​​​
Thursday, May 16      McDevitt Pond      4:00pm-8:00pm​​​​​​​
Saturday, May 18      Sego Prairie Pond      10:00am-2:00pm​​​​​​​
Wednesday, May 22      Marsing Pond      10:00am-2:00pm

Thursday, May 23      Wilson Ponds      4:00pm-8:00pm​​​​​​​
Saturday, May 25      Eagle Island Pond      10:00am-2:00pm​​​​​​​
Wednesday, May 29      Kleiner Pond      4:00pm-8:00pm​​​​​​​
Thursday, May 30      McDevitt Pond      4:00pm-8:00pm​​​​​​​

Saturday, June 1      Mill Pond      10:00am-2:00pm​​​​​​​
Saturday, June 8      McDevitt Pond      9:00am-2:00pm​​​​​​​
Monday, June 17      Sego Prairie Pond      9:00am-12:00pm​​​​​​​
Tuesday, June 18      Sego Prairie Pond      9:00am-12:00pm

Learn more about each of these pond locations using the Idaho Fishing Planner .