Kinross Bald Mountain partnered with the Nevada Department of Wildlife to host a Kids’ Fishing Day on Sept. 13.
The event was hosted at local Cold Creek Reservoir for fourth- to sixth-grade students from the Eureka City Schools. More than 60 students attended along with their teachers. NDOW sent seven representatives and Bald Mountain had a dozen volunteers to help the day run smoothly.
The day started off with education booths hosted by both NDOW and the Bald Mountain Environmental Department, where students learned about local Nevada fish populations and how both NDOW and Bald Mountain work to protect and enhance them.
Afterward, the students watched as NDOW re-stocked the reservoir with a new batch of fish, then broke out into pairs to fish for large-mouth bass and various species of trout in the reservoir.
The day concluded with a group lunch with students, teachers, Bald Mountain volunteers and NDOW representatives.
“It was a great day of outdoor education and recreation. We really appreciate all the time, energy and help from Kinross. Cold Creek Reservoir is a great place that they share with the rest of Nevada, and to be able to take local students from Eureka Elementary to see the opportunities in their own backyard is priceless,” said Joe Doucette, NDOW conservation educator.
Bald Mountain and NDOW plan to make this event an annual occurrence.
“The Kids’ Fishing Day was a really fun opportunity to talk with students and teachers one on one about the local environment and what we do at Bald Mountain to protect it. The students were engaged and excited, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to participate again next year,” said Kyle Hawkins, environmental permit engineer for Kinross Bald Mountain.