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Taking a kid or kids fishing for the first time

Post By: xavierk31      Posted: 7/10/2019 8:01:55 AM     Points: 1611    
Hey everyone.... heading out to Silverthorne THIS weekend with the in-laws and now it seems as if we're all gonna have my oldest niece (13) and my nephew (11) for an extra couple days without their folks.
Thinking I'm gonna take one or both of them fishing with me and it would be the first time for both of them.
Any tips on taking a kid out for the first time?
I mean all of this would be moot if they don't wanna go of course, lol.

 Reply by: Dakota Dude      Posted: Jul. 10, 8:58:44 AM     Points: 2200    
Give them their own rod and practice casting with them. Explain patience on the way to the lake. Bring lots of food/snacks/drinks.
 Reply by: Buck_Wheat      Posted: Jul. 10, 10:32:45 AM     Points: 445    
I've always had better luck with kids where I could set them up with bait and a bobber and get them into sunfish or bluegill. That may be difficult in the Silverthorne area though.

I would check out the local ponds. Trent park pond is stocked with trout and is specifically for kids. I don't know the cut off age but they had a fishing derby there for 14 and under. . North park pond is catch and release only with artificial lures. Meadow Creek Pond behind the Walmart in Frisco is also stocked.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jul. 10, 10:43:22 AM     Points: 4352    
Stay away from anything like a river/running water.We are having record runoff and the water is running too fast and too hard to get a kid on fish.(besides the drowning danger right now)

 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: Jul. 10, 10:55:30 AM     Points: 1611    
Good to know buckwheat, I'll keep those places in mind.
And ya, punch, trust me I'm not taking them with me to the Blue River or Tenmile Creek, lol. Strictly still water for the kiddos.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: Jul. 10, 4:02:43 PM     Points: 7787    
Check our Officers Gulch, right up I-70 just a little past Frisco. Lots of brookies, rainbows and I think some tiger trout. Very easy shore access with a nice trail going around the lake (itís really not that big). Small spoons, spinners and flies will work. I think you can use bait too...might want to jump over to the lake page just to be sure, but even if they get bored fishing you can go explore on the trails.
 Reply by: Bubba02STi      Posted: Jul. 10, 7:09:15 PM     Points: 497    
Keep it simple. Bait and bobber or bait and bell. Also don't expect to get a lot of fishing in yourself. You're going to be spending a lot of time cutting out tangles and baiting hooks. Also just get them cheap shakespeer reels and some 2lb line. teaching kids to fish takes a lot of patience.
 Reply by: lynnw      Posted: Jul. 11, 7:42:00 AM     Points: 0    
Pinch the barb off the hooks you use and have fun!
 Reply by: skunkmaster      Posted: Jul. 11, 5:49:24 PM     Points: 1014    
What lynnw said, although better for fish that you intend to release, perhaps more importantly to withdraw from skin, clothing, etc. of you and your young proteges without having to make a trip to an urgent care facility.
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: Jul. 11, 10:48:53 PM     Points: 1611    
Appreciate all the tips guys. Hope everything goes well. Iíll be sure to let yíall know.