Law enforcement agencies to host annual Kids and Cops Fishing Day

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The annual Kids and Cops Fishing day, a cooperative effort between local law enforcement and state agencies, offers local youth a "safe place to have fun and do some fishing," Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said.

"It's a fun time," Jantz said. "Bring out the kids, have fun and let's catch some fish."

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Thirty to 50 Craig youths are expected to attend today's Kids and Cops Fishing Day at the Little Rascals Fishing Pond, behind the Public Safety Center at 800 W. First St.

Fishing Day takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. and all Craig youth are invited to attend.

In its fourth year, Fishing Day is sponsored by the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, Craig Police Department, Colorado State Patrol and dispatch, Colorado State Parks, Division of Wildlife and Immigration Custom Enforcement.

Prizes are given to youths for catching all manners of fish, both big and small.

"The prizes are donated and the majority of the donations are from officers or within the community," Jantz said. "We try to stay away from businesses because we know they get hit pretty hard throughout the year."

Kids are allowed to fish the Little Rascals pond from May to September each year. The sponsoring agencies will supply fishing poles and bait for children who need them.

Officers and other agency officials will be on hand to help kids fish and measure their catch.

Jantz said the event has traditionally been successful because of the community's support.

"And we're very appreciative for the support we've received," he said.

For more information about Fishing Day, call Jantz at 824-4495 or Pam Lathrop at 824-6811.

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