Area Youth Brave Conditions on Youth Mentored Trout Day

4:9:16 richards family fishihgDuBois, Pa. (EYT) – Saturday was Youth Mentored Trout Day across the state of Pennsylvania and despite the snow and cold, many anglers took advantage of the chance to catch a few fish ahead of next Saturday’s traditional opening day.

The program began in 2013 and has been very popular. It gives young anglers, ages 15 and under, to get a chance to catch trout under the supervision and guidance of adults.

In DuBois, the Richards family enjoyed a morning of trout fishing at Juniata Lake and they were biting.

Sam Richards, of Luthersburg, and his three daughters, thirteen-year-old Emily, 10-year-old Laura, four-year-old Sophia,  and grandfather Sam Richards, a former teacher at DuBois Area High School were dressed for the weather and the trout cooperated.

With already a near-limit on the stringer, Laura started casting a Mepps spinner and she was on fire, catching brook and rainbow trout, one after another.

“This is a great day for the kids,” said their father, Sam Richards. “They can cast and retrieve and not have to worry about getting tangled with someone else’s lines. It’s just a lot of fun for the family to do together.”

When the program began in 2013, it was held on select waterways in the southeastern part of the state. It was expanded to the entire state in 2014 and since the beginning, tens of thousands of youth anglers have been able get a head-start on fishing season.


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