Volume 25, Number 6 March 23, 2017

7th Annual Reston Kids’ Trout Fishing Day is a Great Success!

The first morning spent fishing; it won’t be the last!

On March 18th, 224 kids, with parents and siblings in tow, braved streambanks still covered in snow for the 7th Annual Reston Kids’ Trout Fishing Day in Reston, Virginia. The event, sponsored by Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. (WSSI), Reston Association, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Northern Virginia Trout Unlimited, and the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia, provided a venue for children ages 2-12 to spend a day outdoors and, for some, the opportunity to catch their first fish.

This event, which hosts more kids than any other fishing event in the Commonwealth, took place along a one-mile long section of Snakeden Branch that WSSI restored in the spring of 2009 as part of the Northern Virginia Stream Restoration Bank (NVSRB).

Our team stocked the stream with 500 rainbow trout the day prior to the event, which created favorable fishing conditions for even the most novice of anglers. A fun day was had by kids, parents, and volunteers alike, with many planning to return to the stream again for another day of fishing and stream exploration.

For more information on the event or the NVSRB, contact Alex Chapla, Frank Graziano, or Mike Rolband.

Many young anglers borrowed fishing rods for their first outing.

Snowy banks along Snakeden Branch didn’t deter more than 200 kids and their families from an outdoor adventure.

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  • Scott Huebner

    Gainesville, VA

  • Frank Graziano

    Gainesville, VA