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Annual kids free fishing Trout Day at Cossey Pond draws 60+

Despite the rain and cool temperatures, 60-plus kids turned out to fish in Old Cossey Pond in Fredericksburg on Saturday. VDGIF stocked the pond with rainbow, brown and a few golden trout the night before, and the pond was closed until the kids were able to send Berkley Trout Powerbait into the water from the perimeter banks on Saturday morning. Some kids threw brightly colored spinners and hooked fish and others simply used the bait to lure in hits.

VDGIF fisheries biologists, volunteers from VDGIF, conservation minded groups, and conservation police officers, along with people like Don Minor, who runs the Motts Run boathouse, showed up to lend a hand on Saturday. VDGIF had a number of partners that donated funds and gear for the event to include food and drinks for the attendees, fishing rods, tackle and bait. The National Wild Turkey Foundation was one of the sponsors.

While the temperatures and weather were not that warm for those wanting to fish, those that did turn out managed to put some fish on the stringer. I knew each time a kid set the hook on a trout because a squeal of delight would echo across the pond’s surface. One young sister jumped up and down laughing when her older brother reeled in several fish. It was really nice to see so many kids out learning about fishing and the outdoors.

VDGIF started this event five or six years ago and each year the public shows up with kids in tow to try their hand at something the local area really does not very often get a chance to enjoy. Trout are more of a cold-water fish. Fort A.P. Hill has some trout ponds they stock each winter but other than their ponds, Old Cossey is the nearest area water to see any trout available for anglers to catch.

These cold-water fish are quite tasty. My daughter landed a small rainbow measuring approximately 11 inches long that I grilled for her that night. After wrapping it in aluminum foil and dousing it with oil, Old Bay and a just a touch of butter, I let it cook on the grill for five minutes. The result was a fish whose skin we stripped right off. Next we used a fork to slip the meat away from the backbone and rib cage on the top side. Finally we peeled the bones from the bottom side and my daughter ate her trout completely boneless. I got a tasty bite for my trouble.

The trout at Old Cossey Pond averaged from 8-16 inches during the morning before we left for the day. If you are interested in trying your luck at trout fishing be sure to get a trout license (if fishing before April 20th) in addition to your fishing license. Both are available online. The pond is now reopened to the public for fishing.

The easiest way to land a trout on the pond is to fish low light periods using either the Powerbait or by throwing out brightly colored spinners. Roostertails in pink, blaze orange or white with a silver or golden spoon spinner are effective. Use ultralight line and rod set ups to entice the most strikes. There is a four fish limit per angler per day. Come summer the fish will likely die so VDGIF does encourage anglers to take advantage of the fishing at Old Cossey Pond. Memorial Park, where the pond is located, is on the corner of Kenmore Ave. and Mary Ball St. Go out and give trout fishing a try!

Catch yourself a trout at Old Cossey Pond before they are all gone!

MARK FIKE

 

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