Family Fun and Fish Day 2018 a Great Success!

Posted on: May 22nd, 2018 by Brent Gotsch
Showing off the catch from Family Fun and Fish Day 2018 at Kenneth  Wilson State Campground.

Show­ing off the catch from Fam­i­ly Fun and Fish Day 2018 at Ken­neth Wil­son State Campground.

This year’s AWSMP Fam­i­ly Fun and Fish Day held at Ken­neth Wil­son State Camp­ground was a resound­ing suc­cess! Although the day start­ed off cloudy and driz­zly, by the time activ­i­ties start­ed the sun had come out and the tem­per­a­ture warmed to make for a com­fort­able day on the water. The event was attend­ed by 61 youth and adults, and for many this was their first time fish­ing! Sev­er­al types of fish were caught in the pond­ed riv­er, includ­ing pump­kin­seed and cat­fish. Every­one enjoyed a bar­be­cue lunch and judg­ing by the lack of left­overs they worked up an appetite. AWSMP offered an arts and crafts activ­i­ty and “Build-a-Fish” game, though just about every­one enjoyed spend­ing time on the water seek­ing the elu­sive fish beneath the ripples.

Staff from NYSDEC help prepare a fishing pole for a Family Fun and Fish Day Participant

Staff from NYSDEC help pre­pare a fish­ing pole for a Fam­i­ly Fun and Fish Day Participant.


A big thank you goes out to vol­un­teers and staff who worked the event from Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster Coun­ty, the NYS Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion that pro­vid­ed fish­ing poles and bait, and Tony Cocoz­za from the Ashokan-Pepacton Chap­ter of Trout Unlim­it­ed who helped men­tor many of the first-time anglers. We look for­ward to see­ing you all at next year’s Fam­i­ly Fun and Fish Day!

Fam­i­ly Fun and Fish Day is made pos­si­ble with fund­ing from the NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Protection.

The most important part of fishing is selecting a lucky pole! A special thanks to NYSDEC for lending out the poles for this year's event.

The most impor­tant part of fish­ing is select­ing a lucky pole! A spe­cial thanks to NYSDEC for lend­ing out the poles for this year’s event.

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