Children hand deliver rainbow trout by bucket into Lake Davis. Photo by Jack Trout

Big push plants kids with fish

Over the past few months, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife partnered with the Plumas Unified School District’s Outdoor Core program and the Almanor Fishing Association to host a series of kids’ fishing days.

In the Outdoor Core program, kids study fish throughout their fourth-grade year. “We decided to schedule a fish plant in a water nearby each of the four Plumas County elementary schools to wrap up their year of studying fish — Snake Lake for Quincy Elementary School, Round Valley Reservoir for Greenville Elementary School, the North Fork Feather River for Chester Elementary, and Lake Davis for C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School,” said Amber Mouser, CDFW Fisheries biologist. “The kids got to help plant the fish from the truck into the water at each location, followed by an opportunity to fish for them.”

Many of the children had never fished before, and some even caught their limit for the day. American River Hatchery, Crystal Lake Hatchery, and Darrah Springs Hatchery provided the fish.

Equipment, including fishing rods, were loaned for the project by the CFDW Fishing in the City Program. “We had a lot of volunteers to help teach kids to fish from the Almanor Fishing Association, local fishing guides, the Plumas County Fish and Game Commission, local businesses, teachers, and parents,” said Mouser. “This was truly a rewarding experience and I hope that it helped to foster a love for fishing and the outdoors in all of the kids involved.”