It’s said that a bad day fishing is better than a great day at the office. Attendees of the free fishing day at the Sparks Marina on Saturday may be able to speak to the truth of that statement. Cool weather and relatively strong winds seemed to keep the fish at the very bottom of their enclosure.
The only successful fishing I witnessed was by that of the mergansers — large ducks — who swallowed fish whole just offshore from the public.
There was still lots to do and see, though: Koontz, ducks, yellow-headed blackbirds, and even ground squirrels were all out with their babies.
Safari Club International, Nevada Department of Wildlife, and the Washoe County Sheriffs were on hand letting attendees learn about wildlife and conservation hunting.
Youth participants received free fishing poles from the Rotary Club, and help to learn how to cast and bait their lines from rotary volunteers.
Ty O’Neil is a lifelong student of anthropology with two degrees in the arts. He is far more at home in the tear gas filled streets of war torn countries than he is relaxing at home. He has found a place at This Is Reno as a photojournalist. He hopes to someday be a conflict photojournalist covering wars and natural disasters abroad.