Trout and Largemouth Bass in the creel thrill young anglers during Hooked on Fishing Day

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Hooked On Fishing, sponsored by the Riverton Kiwanis Club on Wyoming’s Free Fishing Day brought out almost 60 anglers Saturday morning at the Rendezvous Ponds. At least those who signed up, anyway. There were many other anglers there, too. Through mid-day, 21 fish had been caught and measured, including Rainbow Trout, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Carp and White Suckers.

The Kiwanis was serving free hot dogs and hamburgers along with chips and pop for the anglers on a very nice morning. At the registration table, The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Paul Gerrity of Lander was measuring the fish brought in for the contest.

Just across the ponds, the Cub Scouts were having a day camp. Several of the scouts were fishing, others were out hiking and doing other activities. The planned canoe paddling the night before was curtailed due to the wind. One Cub Scout, Joe Atkin, caught a very nice 13.5 inch Largemouth Bass, but he didn’t enter it in the contest. Instead, Joe cooked it up and ate it for lunch. Unfortunately, later in the day, while his fishing pole was unattended, a fish took the bait on his hook and ran with it, dragging the pole into the pond and out of sight into the greenish water. It was the perfect time for a little swim, but not before putting on a life preserver. The pole is still out there somewhere, but at least he had a good lunch.

Photos by Ernie Over. Click to enlarge.