Gone Fishing

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Special Ed students spend a day fishing at Salem Pond. Photo: Ed Helmick

“Gone Fishing” was a sign that should have been posted on 37 classrooms for Special Education Students in the Nebo, Provo, and Alpine School Districts as 1,600 students were bussed to Salem Pond to go fishing. This event gives these kids an opportunity to get outside and experience something most of them have never done before. The fishing trip for special needs students was started in 1988 with 16 students taken to Payson Lake. For logistical reasons it has been moved to Salem Pond and the three local school districts are now involved. The event is scheduled the second Tuesday in May and called “Fishing Day at Salem Pond.” It has now become an annual tradition that students with special needs look forward to.

“Fishing Day” is conducted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources with sponsorship from Cabelas, King Camo, and a host of volunteer sportsman to help students catch and clean the fish. Each child gets a fish. Some fish are pre-attached to fishing lines to make it easier for some of the kids. Everybody gets to touch a live fish and see how they get cleaned for cooking. Students had the option of taking the fish they caught home. “Fishing Day” is another neat tradition that has been started locally and maintained by the family spirit of our community. We are blessed with many wonderful people in our community. This is another reminder of what a wonderful community we live in.