Field trip goes trout fishing

Children from Nanaimo's Bayview Elementary School get a day off to go fishing at Colliery Dam Park.

Tyrell Smith-Wyse

Tyrell Smith-Wyse



It’s never hard to lure children into having fun.

Two classes from Bayview Elementary School had plenty of excitement Tuesday at Colliery Dam Park when they released rainbow trout into the park’s lower lake and then learned how to fish for them.

Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery provided the fish and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. provided the expertise through its Learn to Fish program and Sport Fishing Ambassadors, who taught the children how to tie their lines, bait their hooks – with some exceptionally smelly artificial bait – and proper casting techniques.

Catch and release rules applied equally to the fish and snags reeled in from the lake.

The Learn to Fish program and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. are sponsored by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation of B.C. to promote sport fishing and conservation to children.

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