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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 8, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Outdoors Sunday May Kokomo Tribune C9 Hooking the big one For a weekend in June area fishing enthusi asts may be able to help nonanglers and children learn a little about their sport On June 11 and 12 the state of Indiana will sponsor a Free Fishing Weekend James Craig pictured did a little fishing on the Kokomo Reservoir recently showing he already enjoys spending time near the water Tribune photo by Anne Farrar Free fishing days gives opportunity Activities may help kids and adults enjoy sport Teaching kids to make a difference in nature For the first time Indiana will be hosting its first Free Fishing Weekend June 11 and 12 In 1992 the Indiana legislature passed House Bill 1294 calling on the Division of Fish and Wildlife to set aside two days each year as free sport fishing days a time when families can get together to go fishing without purchasing licenses and a time when various outdoor related or conservation groups can hold programs to introduce nonanglers to the Current law requires any one 17 and older to purchase a valid Indiana Fishing license prior to testing the waters Of course Indianas Free Fishing Weekend will correspond with National Fishing Week For those of you who may take this opportunity to introduce chil dren to the angling sports here are a few general guidelines to help pass the tradition on in a proper manner The first is a preevent buildup which is important to the overall experience Take the children to a bait shop or sporting goods store before venturing out Take time to explain what is needed such as equipment bait clothing and so forth Next make it a pleasant experi ence This is perhaps the single most important factor in develop ing a deep love for fishing and its related envhw rent Dont forget to take a few snacks along for the slow periods Also important is going where fish will be caught no matter what size Nothing can be more discouraging than return ing home emptyhanded the very first time out Third is positive encouragement All kids need to know their efforts are not going unnoticed Its no secret most chil dren like attention especially when they hear they are doing things right Finally patience with children or even nonangling adults is extremely critical Fishing can be a frustrating experience but only if you make it Before heading out STIENSTRA San Francisco Examiner A hidden stream in the Rich mond foothills has become classroom for young students learning one of natures lessons how to revive life Last week a group of 35 ele mentary school children from Oakland took rainbow trout they had hatched and grown in their classroom then planted them in Wildcat Greek a stream that has been rehabilitated after long being left for dead Its important to raise some trout in our classroom because predators will eat the eggs out in the said Eduardo Garcia of Hawthorne Elementary School Birth is the hardest time for the fish That is when they are the most Hawthorne is one of about 100 elementary schools in the greater San Francisco Bay Area where stu dents are growing trout and steel head from eggs in their classroom this spring then planting them in local streams in a series of restora tion projects Trout once thrived in Bay Area but their populations have been virtually wiped out by con crete channeling for flood control pollution from illegal trash dump underground tunneling of streams or Tack of summer water releases from upstream reservoirs This is a way to connect chil dren to their immediate environ said Ned MacKay of the East Bay Regional Park District They are learning that you dont have to go long distances to be around wildlife that nature is already around them in their neighborhoods They are often not aware of Wildcat Creek is an place to take indoor lessons into an out door classroom It is set just a few miles from the center of Rich mpnd a bluecollar town that has developed some bigcity prob lems Yet in the nearby foothills is a pretty parkland where this small stream runs through a canyon Just ayear ago Wildcat Creek lopked much like dozens of other Bay Area creeks where the fish aria wildlife have been wiped out by habitat degradation The creek was loaded with cement struc tures including old coffer dams and retaining walls Some people dumped trash there and in the summer the stream reduced to nothing but a few small pools But in this case the regional park district hired David Rosgen of Coloradp a river specialist to direct a restoration plan for the creek Last summer the concrete was removed from the stream and a yearround water supply was ensured The streamside veg etation was already in good condi tion helping the chances for renewal Despite being right next to town it now looks like a wilder ness MacKay said It has the potential for major wildlife Last year a trash pickup crew was assisted by a team of kids from Seaview Elementary School in Richmond Then in March Cathy McKay the science teacher at Hawthorne obtained 32 native rainbow trout eggs from the state Department of Fish and Game with the assistance of the Golden West Women Flyfishers of San Francisco She kept them in a 10gallon tank in a classroom refrigerator where her students could track the development on a chart I came to look at the trout eggs every day to see if they said Ann Rouillard 11 Id never seen anything like that In midApril 30 of the 32 eggs hatched into tiny rainbow trout McKay showed her students how the fish are born with a yolk sack from which they feed then explained that when the sack dis appears the fish must feed on their own That day came April 25 The fish were transported to Wildcat Creek in cooler then with a break in what had been light rain were poured right into the running stream Were letting the fish go now because we want them to eat wild said Humberto Juarez 11 a fifthgrader at Hawthorne Were not keeping them because we dont want theni to be used to people feeding Since we raised them in the classroom kids have learned about said Nicholas Gilbert 12 They wont overfish Theyll want to let them As teachers we are always wondering Are we making a real difference in these childrens lives McKay said I had 600 kids a week come through my class this month looking at the trout marking their progress Anybody who could see the looks on these kids faces would say Yes we SPRING YARD TOOL SALE GT2000 Grass Trimmer Reg Save HC1500 20 Hedge Cutter Reg Save Pro Quality for the Homeowner PE2000 Power Edger Reg Save PB1000 Debris Blower Reg Save Pros homeowners alike choose ECHO because all ECHO engines start faster last longer and perform better than other brandsl Ask your dealer about the ECHO difference Ask dealer about Cool Dude Safety Glasses Offer FOREST AGRJLAWN Main Street Forest Ph 2492604 MC GAVJC OUTDOOR POWER EQ 1521E North Street Kokomo Ph 4577182 By John Martino remind yourself who the outdoor experience is geared toward Never let negative emotions such as temper turn an outdoor experi ence sour Know when to call it a day in most cases sooner is usu ally better than later Remember the future of fishing and its related traditions are in some very important hands Our job is to help strengthen the grip The team of Phil Reel and Curt Reed grabbed top honors in the first weekly Tuesday morning bass tournament held on the Kokomo Reservoir The winning pair weighed in five fish with a combined weight of 10 pounds six ounces Steve Cragun landed the big bass of the competition a largemouth tipping the scales at three pounds 15 ounces Don Watkins and Ernie Ailor won first place in the weekly Wednesday evening bass tourna ment also conducted at the reser voir The winners boated one fish weighing two pounds five ounces which also was the largest fish taken during the event Sec ond place ended in a tie between the teams of Gary and Don Hinkle along with Bob Russell and James Browder with one largemouth lip ping the scales at one pound one ounce Tribune catches of the week as reported by area outdoor stores Alley Tackle Shane Phillips landed a wiper a hybrid cross between a striped a white bass weighing eight pounds four ounces The fish was taken on a crankbait from the tailwaters located below the Mississinewa Dam Bryants Outdoor Store Joey Childs and Larry Stiner caught their limits of six largemouth The two largest weighed in at four pounds each The fish were taken on spinner baits while fishing Potato Creek Reservoir n Wes Tyler caught his limit of six1 walleyes with the largest the scales at three pounds fish were taken from the Mis sissinewa River on jigs Hills Bait and Tackle bie Roe landed a trophy large mouth bass weighing pounds two ounces The fish taken on a buzzbait while fishing a strip pit located near Pleas antville John Malone caught a catfish weighing five seven ounces The fish was taken on a nightcrawler while fishing the Kokomo Reservoir Jacks Tackle Center Ben Kasey and Trent Johnson each caught their limit of six The two largest weighed three pounds apiece and were taken from the Kokomo Reservoir Malones Nyona Lake Bait and Tackle Mike Malone and released a largemouth bassl tipping the scales at five 13 ounces and measuring 22 inch es The fish was taken on a jig and pig from Nyona Lake David Spencer caught 12 crap pies with the largest measuring 14 inches and weighing one pound eight ounces the fisn were taken from Nyona Lake on minnows Riverside General Joe Eckel barger landed 10 crappies with the largest measuring 13 The fish were taken from the sissinewa Reservoir on minnows m Woody V Camp and Bait Sharon McCain caught a catfish tipping the scales at 12 pounds and measuring 26 The fish was taken on a chub min now shile fishing the tailwaters located below the Huntington Reservoir Dam TIRE BARN WAREHOUSES TIRE BARN WAREHOUSES TIRE BARN WAREHOUSES TIRE BARN WAREHOU i CUSTOM WHEEL WAREHOUSE WE BEAT ALL DEALS ON TIRES AND WHEELS ECONOMY AilSeason 45 SUPER STEEL 000 AllSeason 99 TO 13 INCH 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