Fish On... or Not
Hayden and Trask (the TWINS) have been obsessing over fishing lately, mostly due to the fact that they have multiple fishing games at home. They’ve never actually caught a fish but they’ll drape a stick over a puddle of water every chance they get. With the warm welcomed sunshine this past weekend, we packed up the troops, recruited some extra help, aka the grandparents, and hit the lake. Now, let me start off by saying most outings we go on rarely go as planned. We say we’re going fishing but does much fishing actually happen? Absolutely not. I’ve learned over the past 3 years that family outings are more about our kids’ happiness not the actual planned activity.
When we got to the lake, it was obvious we weren’t the only family with the bright idea to get outside. However, there was plenty of room for everyone and it was nice to see so many families spending time together outside. I recently purchased a large folding utility wagon and it was PERFECT for hauling all of the gear and the twins around. This was my maiden voyage using it and it didn’t let me down, plus it was fun for the kids to pull around and play in. If your kids are just getting out of the stroller stage, I would highly recommend getting one. You can find them for sale from most retailers, but I'm an Amazon Prime junkie so click here to check them out.
When it came time for fishing, the twins used their new Paw Patrol fishing poles, found on amazon, and Jordyn used her new Cabela’s spinning rod she won at our local Oregon Hunters Association banquet. Jordyn is capable of fishing independently at the experienced age of six but we still bait her hook for her and help her out when she snags up. The twins however, they are much more green when it comes to fishing. They don’t know how to operate their reels, nor do they have the patience to learn, and they certainly aren’t to be trusted with a sharp hook on the end of a nearly invisible line. We handed them their Paw Patrol poles with nothing but a bobber at the end of their lines and they were happy campers! They were able to freely fling their poles around, splashing them in and out of the water and the only fear I had to worry about was keeping them from falling in. Luckily there were no high banks at the lake to fall off of, just mud, and this mom can handle a little bit of mud. For the record, Trask did manage to soak himself up to his belly button, but that’s why you always pack extra clothes. Disaster averted.
In the end, no trout were caught, but the Weigandt clan had a whole lot of fun with almost zero tears. In fact, I think the only tears that came pouring down were upon departure and I’m ok with that because it means they had a good time. As usual, I took about 200 photos too many, but these are the memories that I want to keep forever... AND I’m a mom so that’s my God given right. I know that getting out and doing things can be hard with little kids but don’t miss out on life because it might be hard. I hope you still get outside and go on those adventures, kids and all, because you won't regret it. There are good days, and there are bad days, but with every experience you gain a little but more knowledge about what works and what doesn't for your family.
If you are planning to take your kids out trout fishing in Oregon, be sure to check out the Weekly Trout Stocking Schedule from ODFW here. The website provides dates, locations and numbers released.
Until life's next adventure, happy fishing!