June 17, 2004

After a decade of teaching Colorado children how to fish, Scott Gilmore has not lost his enthusiasm or desire to share his knowledge of the state’s wildlife.

Beautiful Rainbow Trout Caught by this Young GirlGilmore, who coordinates the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s (DOW) Angler Education Program, says he wouldn’t have it any other way. Despite growing up in Denver, the city boy has grown up to be an avid outdoor enthusiast and has developed a growing base of young fans around the state who are devoted to his keen ability to teach them about angling and Colorado’s diverse wildlife species.

“Who gets to take kids fishing and get paid for it?” Gilmore asks of his good fortune. “I try to get kids out there to enjoy the art of sport fishing. I want them to become anglers for life. When you have people fishing, they are not getting into trouble.”

Under the Angler Education Program, schoolchildren who might not other have the opportunity are given fishing poles and are taught how to fish. The program, which was launched in 1994, is supported in part by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) lottery funds and is part of the DOW’s ongoing efforts to groom new generations of anglers and citizens who respect the state’s natural resources.

The program, which includes “Take a Family Fishing” and “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing” clinics, has not gone unnoticed. This year, the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame is recognizing the program’s overall excellence.

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