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 Sponsors:

Dow Chemical Canada, AltaLink, Backroad Mapbooks

Event organizers, partners and sponsors:

Absolute Safety, Alberta Lifesaving Society, Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta Fish & Game Association, Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch, Alberta Forestry and Agriculture, Alberta Lifesaving Society, Alberta Parks, ATB Financial, Cochrane, ATB Financial, Stony Plain, Barrow Safety, Hinton, Bass Pro Shops Rocky View, Berkley, Big Sky Flies and Jigs, Brooks & County of Newell EDC, Brooks Fire Department, Cabela’s Edmonton South Store, Cabela's Canada Outdoor Fund, Cabela's Edmonton North Store, Canadian Tire, Brooks, Canadian Tire, Cochrane, Canadian Tire, Hinton, Canadian Tire, Peace River, Canadian Tire, Slave Lake, Central Alberta Coop, City of Fort Saskatchewan, City of Lacombe, CN, Cochrane FCSS, Co-op Community Spaces, Coronation Elks, Coronation Family Foods, Coronation FCSS, County of Grande Prairie, County of Newell, County of Paintearth, D & M, Edmonton Old Timers' Fishing Club, Edmonton Trout Fishing Club, First Five Forever, Fort Saskatchewan Fish & Game, Fort Saskatchewan Lions Club, Fort Saskatchewan Naturalist Society, Fountain Tire, Lacombe, Golby Hardware and Sports, Good Dogs Food Vending, Grimshaw Agricultural Society, Hinton Fish & Game Association, Hinton Growing Great Kids Coalition, Indominous Sports Edson, JobSite Workwear, Jump Start, Lacombe Fish & Game Association, Lamont Fish & Game Association, Len Thompson, Lesser Slave Lake Forest Education Society, Lesser Slave Lake Search and Rescue, Lesser Slave Watershed Council, Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service, Night Owls Citizens on Patrol, Northern Lights Fly Fishers, Paintearth Economic Partners Society, Parkland County, Pita Pit, Brooks, Prairie Parent Link, Provost & District Fish & Game, Quantum Canada, River Runner Recreation, River Valley Alliance, Saddle Hills County, Safari Club International Red Deer Chapter, Service Credit Union, Wabamun, Shakespear, Slave Lake RCMP, Slave Lake Rod and Gun Club, Slave Lake Volunteer Firefighters, Smoky Trout Farm, Stony Plain Fish & Game, Superfly International, Taber Fish & Game Association, Taber IGA, Taber Kiwanis Club, Town of Beaumont, Town of Cochrane, Town of Coronation, Town of Gibbons, Town of Hinton, Town of Provost, Town of Stettler, Town of Taber, TransAlta, Vibrook Vacuum and Septic, Village of Wabamun, Wabamun &District Chamber of Commerce, Walleye Master, Wolverine Gun and Tackle, Yellowhead County

Annual Summaries

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Title Year Category
Kids Can Catch 2014-2015 4
Kids Can Catch 2015-2016 4
Kids Can Catch Program 2016-2017 4
Kids Can Catch Program 2017-2018 4
Kids Can Catch Program 2018-2019 4