The event is typically the largest fishing clinic in the state and features a series of short educational stations on fish identification, knot tying, casting, and fly tying, followed by open fishing for all who attend. Youth who take part and complete all education stations are eligible for a rod/reel fishing outfit donated by the Great Falls Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited (limited supplies).
After the event ends, youth and adults may stay at the pond and continue to fish until sunset on June 4 without a fishing license, as a condition of the educational license exemption provided for the event by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
Family Fishing Day is a cooperative effort to teach basic fishing skills and encourage participation in the outdoors by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks along with volunteers and support from Montana Walleyes Unlimited, Montana Trout Unlimited, Sun River Watershed Group, City of Great Falls Parks and Recreation Department, and Red Horse Squadron at Malmstrom AFB.
For more information on the event, contact the Great Falls FWP Region 4 Office at 406-454-5840.