Youth invited to kids fishing day in Cody
A young person shows off a fish caught a Beck Lake in Cody.

CODY- Youth and families are invited to the annual Cody Kids Fishing Day event Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Beck Lake Recreation Area in Cody. Kids 14 and under can register beginning at 8 a.m. at the entrance to the recreation area from 14th Street. 


“This is a great opportunity for Cody area youth and their families to spend the day enjoying the outdoors and learning about fishing,” said Tara Hodges, Information and Education Specialist.  “The event is free of charge and the entire family is encouraged to attend.”      


Children and their families will have the opportunity to catch yellow perch, cutthroat, rainbow and brown trout.  Assistance will be available for beginner anglers. To learn more about fishing at Beck Lake Recreation Area, check out this video.


The first 350 kids ages 14 and under who register will receive a free fishing pole and gift bag. Additional prizes will be awarded at the end of the event including a grand prize of a two-person inflatable kayak. Also, lucky participants who catch a tagged fish will win a free lifetime conservation stamp.


A free hotdog lunch will be provided courtesy of the Cody Optimists. 


Participants should bring their own poles; bait and some fishing poles and gear will be provided.  As Wyoming’s weather can be unpredictable, everyone should dress warmly and be prepared for potential weather.


Kids fishing day events are held across Wyoming in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week. Saturday is also Free Fishing Day. Anyone may can fish in Wyoming — except within the Wind River Reservation and Yellowstone National Park  —  without a fishing license Saturday June 1, 2024. All limits and other fishing regulations apply. 


The event is hosted by Cody Optimists Club, East Yellowstone Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Shoshone National Forest and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Sponsors include Albertsons, Big Horn Radio Network, Cody Enterprise, Cody Rec Center, Darita Enterprises, First Bank, Frito-Lay, Fremont Motors, Goodyear Printing, Keebler, Meeteetse Messenger, Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply, Park County Recreation District, Powell Tribune, Quality Brands of Cody, Rocky Mountain Discount Sports, Shoshone Recreation District, UPS Store, Walmart, Wheat Montana, Whitlock Motors, Wyoming Outdoorsmen and Zebco Family Fishing Program. 

Tara Hodges

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