FWP “Kids to Fish” Program Allows Youths to Borrow Gear & Tackle for Free

Excited Fishermen
Excited Fishermen
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Montana-(Ammoland.com)- A popular Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 program that allows children and their families to check out free fishing rods and tackle is in full swing again this year.

Just in time for summer fishing, FWP staff is in the process of restocking the 46 different location sites across Montana’s Hi-Line. The “Kids to Fish” program lets youngsters check out fishing rods and reels and basic tackle, such as hooks, bobbers, and sinkers. Typically, eight rods are at each location, and a tackle box is available to borrow/use the available tackle.

Pure Fishing, D & G Sports & Western in Glasgow, and Stromberg’s Sinclair and the North 40 Outfitters store in Havre give FWP substantial discounts that help keep the program sustainable. In addition, The Front Brewing in Great Falls, along with partner Nemont Beverage in Glasgow, were kind enough to donate money to the program.

FWP Region 6 intern Macy Dugan, a recent graduate of the University of Montana in Missoula, has been busy maintaining the gear and helping resupply the sites over the last month. “Just because someone doesn’t have a fishing rod doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to go fishing,” Macy said. “Whether it’s a cousin in town that wants to go along, or just an extra pole is needed for catfishing on the Milk River, we want as many kids as possible to be able to go out and fish.”

“The many business owners and other folks who participate in the program deserve special thanks,” adds Marc Kloker, Region 6 Information and Education Program Manager. “They’re helping a lot of kids have fun on the water this summer.”

The sturdy loaner rods come already rigged with bobbers, split-shot and hooks. Youngsters are required to sign out the equipment at the site and return it in good working order. Kloker reminds folks that these rods are to be brought back to the loaner location, even if damaged. “We really want these poles brought back to their location sites,” says Kloker. “The next kid that comes along should also have a chance to fish.”

If poles are continually lost or stolen, the program will need to make the necessary changes and location sites may be removed; which has happened at several outlets this year. In addition, some sites that haven’t seen much use have had their poles removed and taken elsewhere with more opportunities.

More than 400 of these fishing rods are available to be checked out from the outlets by individuals, families, organizations, church groups and schools. If you have any questions about the program, or are interested in having poles available at other locations in your community, please contact Kloker at 406-228-3704.

Fishing rods and tackle are currently available to check out at these locations:

  • BAINVILLE
    Bainville School
  • BIG SANDY
    The Grocery Store
  • BROCKTON
    B & S Quick Stop
  • CHESTER
    Liberty Quick Stop
  • CHINOOK
    Finley’s Food Farm
  • CIRCLE
    Circle Country Market
  • CULBERTSON
    Culbertson Public Library
  • DODSON
    Al’s Town & Country Store
  • FLAXVILLE
    Grain Growers Oil Company
  • FORT BELKNAP AGENCY
    Kwik Stop
  • FORT PECK
    Downstream (Kiwanis) Campground
    Fort Peck Fish Hatchery
    Lakeridge Motel & Tackle Shop
    Fort Peck Marina
    Fort Peck Interpretive Center
    Rock Creek Marina
  • FRAZER
    School
  • FROID
    Froid Grocery
  • GLASGOW
    FWP Region 6 headquarters
    City-County Library
    Cottonwood Inn
    Ezzie’s West End Conoco
    Glasgow Recreation Department
    Shady Rest RV Park
  • HARLEM
    EZ Mart store
  • HAVRE AREA
    FWP Havre Office
    Stromberg’s Sinclair
    Hill County Library
    The Walleye Tavern (near Fresno Reservoir)
    Quality Life Concepts
  • HINSDALE
    Sweet memories
  • LOMA
    Midway Mercantile (Across from Ma’s Loma Cafe) (Revise name)
  • MALTA
    Phillips County Library
    Westside Conoco Convenience Store
  • MEDICINE LAKE
    Lake Pit Stop store
  • NASHUA
    B&B Foods
    Bergie’s
  • OPHEIM
    Pro Co-Op
  • PEERLESS
    Dutch Henry’s Club
  • PLENTYWOOD
    Sheridan County Library
    Ace Hardware
  • ROCKY BOY AGENCY
    Chippewa-Cree Tribal TANF office
  • SACO
    Pay-n-Save
    Sleeping Buffalo Hotsprings
  • SCOBEY
    Grain Growers Oil Company
    TruValue Hardware

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