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Herriman City offers community fishing instructions for kids

Apr 09, 2018 04:50PM ● By Jennifer Gardiner

Flier for the community fishing (Courtesy Herriman City)

As the sun comes out, the days get longer, and the excitement grows over spending more and more time outdoors, Herriman officials have found a way to help get your kids out of the house and ready for some summer fishing. 

Your kids can learn one of America’s favorite outdoor activities by attending a six-week community fishing course at the Cove at Herriman Springs. 

Tami Moody, Herriman City’s director of communications, said the Community Fishing Program began in 2007. 

“The Cove had originally been planned to include a fishing component in an effort to introduce kids living in our urbanized setting to their outdoor resources,” Moody said. “It teaches kids about fish and fishing, as well as patience and good communication.”

Moody said increased urbanization and the use of technology has led to many becoming disconnected with nature as a source of recreation and entertainment. 

“This program reintroduces that option by bringing it right to your door without having to head to the mountains,” Moody said. “When the program was started, those that volunteered, donating their time to teaching, were provided with credits toward their hunting draws.” 

The Division of Wildlife Resources stocks The Cove with fish, and the city pays a stipend for them to monitor their numbers. 

The Cove at Herriman Springs is located at 6979 West Rose Canyon Road in Herriman. Children of all ages will get the chance to learn how to fish from local fishing instructors each Monday from April 9 to May 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $15 per child. 

You can pre-register online to secure your spot and a T-shirt. All equipment is provided. Visit https://secure.rec1.com/UT/herriman-city-ut/catalog to register. You can also visit Herriman.org or call 801-446-8658.

For those of you not interested in the instructions for your kids, you can still fish at the Cove when it opens up for the summer.

● Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

● Daily bag and possession limit: two fish total

● This isn’t mandatory, but the Division encourages you to release all bass at community waters

● Boating and floating allowed

● Likely catch: channel catfish and rainbow trout

● Possible catch: bluegill and largemouth bass

● Extras: restrooms, gazebos, picnic areas with barbecue grills, parking, trail system, fish-cleaning station, playground and volleyball

● Rules: no ice fishing, alcohol, fires, swimming or watercraft; please clean up after yourself

● Handicap access: yes