Three youth fishing clubs need your help

Volunteers needed in Draper, Orem and Spanish Fork

Brigham City youth fishing club members and their mentor show off 
            their catfish catch.
Brigham City youth fishing club members and their mentor show off the day's catfish catch.

Lots of kids want to participate in youth fishing clubs in Draper, Orem and Spanish Fork.

So many children, in fact, that the three towns need more adult volunteers to help!

"Even if you don't live in one of the three communities, but you want to help one of the clubs or you'd like to help the club in your own community we can use your help," says Chris Penne, community fisheries biologist for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

Volunteers teach 6 to 13 year olds about fish, the places fish live and how to catch them.

Clubs in Clearfield, Syracuse, Kaysville, Murray, Riverton, South Jordan, Saratoga Springs, Salem, Nephi and Washington also have room for more volunteers.

To learn more about the clubs, and to volunteer to help, visit www.wildlife.utah.gov/cf/clubs.php.

Anyone can help

"If you want to help, but you don't know much about fishing, that's OK," Penne says. "If you're a positive person, you're patient and you have good communication skills, you have everything we're looking for.

"We'll teach you all of the other skills you'll need to have a great experience with these kids."

The DWR will offer volunteer training in the communities that still need volunteers. The training takes about two hours to complete.

What you'll do

Most of the clubs meet once a week for six weeks. Each club session lasts about two hours.

The children spend the first 30 minutes of each outing learning a new lesson or skill. After teaching the kids, adult volunteers take them down to the water and help the children use their skills to catch fish!

"The kids look to their fishing mentors as leaders, so it's important that you're with your club every time it meets," Penne says.

Rewards

Penne says a number of rewards await those who volunteer. "One of the biggest thrills you'll have is watching a young boy or girl reel in their first fish. Seeing that is priceless," Penne says.

"It's also rewarding to teach someone a skill they can enjoy for the rest of their life. And getting these kids outside, so they can experience the natural world around them, is also very rewarding."

If you have questions, please e-mail Penne at chrispenne@utah.gov.