The Dalles Lock and Dam hosts a free fishing day

The U.S. Army Corps of engineers and its partners Trout Unlimited, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the national Get Outdoors Foundation are hosting this annual event.  Families can visit a water safety booth, bait and tackle station, fish identification station, fish cleaning station, a craft station, and a 'practice casting' station.  (Photo by Amber Tilton, The Dalles Lock and Dam)

The U.S. Army Corps of engineers and its partners Trout Unlimited, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the national Get Outdoors Foundation are hosting this annual event. Families can visit a water safety booth, bait and tackle station, fish identification station, fish cleaning station, a craft station, and a ‘practice casting’ station. (Photo by Amber Tilton, The Dalles Lock and Dam)

 

By Emma Nelson, The Dalles Lock and Dam

During the Spearfish Lake free fishing day event, families visited a Corps booth and used their water safety knowledge to win prizes. (Photo by Amber Tilton, The Dalles Lock and Dam)Young first-time anglers enjoyed a morning of free fishing when park rangers from The Dalles Lock and Dam opened Spearfish Lake June 14. With help from Trout Unlimited, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and many other volunteers, the U.S. Corps of Engineers hosted more than 60 visitors.

The children had fun testing their water safety knowledge by trying to win a prize for the correct answer on the water safety wheel. They also learned how to cast – and how to clean their fish after they caught them.

“It was great to see kids bonding with their parents and grandparents, having fun on Saturday morning,” said Amber Tilton, The Dalles Lock and Dam park ranger. “And catching fish is always a bonus.”