Kids Can Catch Program
Kids Can Catch is a province-wide program in which ACA teams up with community and corporate partners to create free, family fishing events at stocked lakes and ponds. Kids Can Catch is the outreach program of the Enhanced Sport Fisheries Program, in which ACA works with its member groups and provincial, municipal and corporate partners to stock nearly 120,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout in 60 waterbodies across Alberta. We developed Kids Can Catch as a way to invite Albertans to fish at stocked ponds and hook new and young anglers on fishing, fish conservation and responsible angling. In 2014/15, over 2,500 adults and children came out to fish at eight Kids Can Catch events, involving nearly 40 community and corporate partners. Fort Saskatchewan Kids Can Catch is the program’s flagship summer event. On June 14, 2014, over 900 youth and adults, including many new Canadians, came out to fish at Fort Lions Community Fish Pond. The bite was on, as ACA stocked the pond in the spring with about 1,000 rainbow trout. To expand Kids Can Catch into the winter, ACA hosted Wabamun Lake Kids Can Catch as the program’s flagship ice fishing event. The event grew from 200 participants in 2014 to 647 participants in 2015. This year’s success demonstrated that Kids Can Catch is a successful model in which ACA can: (1) engage with local organizations and businesses interested in fishing and conservation; and (2) invite families, youth and new Canadians to fish at stocked ponds and learn about fishing, conservation and responsible angling. The program continues to generate interest from new communities and new corporate partners, and we anticipate the program will expand further in 2015/16.
Program sponsor: Dow Canada. Event partners: Access Pipeline, Agrium, Atco Electric, Slave Lake, Aux Sable, Bow Habitat Station, Brand Alliance, Cabela’s, CBI, City of Fort Saskatchewan, Fort Saskatchewan Fish and Game Association, Fort Saskatchewan Lions Club, Gateway Press, Gibsons, Harold Walters and Associates, Lacombe Co-op, Lacombe Fish and Game Association, Lacombe Fountain Tire, Lamont Fish and Game Association, Len Thompson Lures, Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service, Magrath Rod and Gun Club, Moonlite Scaffolding, Slave Lake, NALCO Champion, Northern Light Fly Tyers, River Valley Alliance, Sasol, Slave Lake Canadian Tire, Slave Lake Rod and Gun Club, Smoky Trout Farm, The Rental Store, Slave Lake, Town of Stettler, Trans Canada, TransAlta, Village of Wabamun, Wabamun and District Chamber of Commerce, Wabamun Citizens on Patrol, Walleye Master, 92.7 Lake FM
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