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    Wyoming Game & Fish Clean-Up Day a success in preps for Riverton’s free fishing day coming up this Saturday

    (Riverton, WY) – Over 20 volunteers showed up on Saturday morning to aid in the clean up of Rendezvous Ponds in preparation for the Wyoming Game & Fish Free Fishing Day happening on June 1.

    North Riverton Game & Fish Warden Jon Desonier said that this was their second year doing the cleanup, with the goal of having the area cleaned up before Wyoming’s annual statewide Free Fishing Day.

    “We had twice the volunteers than we did last year,” he said.

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    WGFD also partnered with Patrick Edwards of Radcast Outdoors on the clean-up.

    “It is always great to help make our community better,” Edwards said. “By cleaning up the pond area prior to the kids fishing derby, we hope to improve the experience and safety for all who participate. Also, it is good to demonstrate good stewardship of our resources and help set a good example for future generations. It was a pleasure partnering with the Game and Fish Department on this project. A big thanks to Jon Desoniere for putting it together.”

    Also among the volunteers were Fremont County Fair Royalty Kylee Lehto and Samantha Floyd. In their cleanup, they found mattress box springs, fireworks, “and lots of Twisted Tea cans,” Floyd said.

    “I think it’s really good to get kids involved,” Lehto said about the upcoming free fishing day. “They (kids) are an upcoming part of the community, so it’s important.”

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    As a part of National Boating and Fishing Week, Wyoming Game & Fish designates the first Saturday of June as a free fishing day when fees are waived and anyone can fish without a license throughout the state, with the exception of the Wind River Reservation and the national parks such as Teton and Yellowstone National Park.

    “The Riverton Kiwanis put on a fishing event here every year,” Desonier added. “They hand out free fishing poles for the kids, provide lunch…we encourage kids to come out and fish.”

    ‘Kids Hooked On Fishing (Not Drugs)’ has been the running theme of Riverton Kiwanis’ annual fishing event. Popularly known through the years as the ‘Lew Diehl Fishing Derby’, last year marked their 30th anniversary, making this the 31st year in partnering with WGFD for the event.

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    “It’s just a great opportunity for kids and the community to come out and fish for free,” said South Riverton Warden Connor Curran. “We wanted to just clean the place up and make it a great experience for everyone.”

    For more information about the Wyoming Game & Fish Free Fishing Day, visit their website or Facebook page.

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