Getting hooked on fishing
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Mariana Rodriguez, wife of Sgt. Gustavo Rodriguez, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, watches as her daughter, Gizelle, 5, show off the rainbow trout she caught during th... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Getting hooked on fishing
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More than 200 children and family members spent the afternoon casting their lines in the hopes of catching a fish or two during Kids Fishing Day April 20 at Moon Lake.

Leigh Ann Slinger, lead recreation assistant at Outdoor Recreation, said the purpose of the event was not just to learn about fishing in general.

"Every year, the purpose of this is really just to kind of get kids outside and (into) nature and have the experience of getting out casting a line or just that education learning piece of it," she said. "But I think it's just fun for a family-friendly event to come out and have a good time. It's a really great community event."

She said she had also seen families helping others, exchanging fish and having a good time.

"It's a great morale booster," she said. "But it's also a great community relations, community boost for each other just to come out and have a good time to share some skills."

DID YOU KNOW?

• Fort Riley has 29 managed fishing ponds and lakes stocked with a variety of fish including channel catfish, rainbow trout, bluegill and more. Visit fortriley.isportsman.net/fishing.aspx to see information on fishing on Fort Riley and a brochure listing what is stocked at each pond or lake.