Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs is in its third consecutive year and going strong.
In the three years the collaboration between Town of Pagosa Springs Parks and Recreation Department, PLPOA, BossTin, Promoting Prevention Coalition and El Pomar Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Program has continued to grow.
This year’s program reached its capacity of 25 participants, with upgraded equipment, and lots of fish in Lake Forest.
There will be fish tacos this year to celebrate all the perch the kids are catching. So far, after two Mondays, 112 perch have been prepared for Fish Taco Monday on July 20. All other fish are released back into the lake.
Chris Bonnell brought in a large mouth bass this week measuring 19 inches long. 4-H leaders Ken and Charlotte Jones and volunteers Larry Baisdon and Bill Weiland are assisting those who want to learn to fly fish as well. Snacks, juices and water are supplied, as well as the bait for the day.
A curriculm using the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People are incorporated each Monday. Activities surround a habit per week, focusing on positive choices for the kids.
If you are interested in volunteering next year, donating prizes, or having your son or daughter sign up to fish with the program, call Tom Carosello at 264-4151 or Joanne Irons at the Pagosa Springs Youth Center, 264-5030.