NELSON — The Nelson District Rod and Gun Club had 80 people including volunteers at Cottonwood Lake Saturday to participate in Fishing Forever, a BC Wildlife Federation program designed to enable those who have various disabilities and challenges including mobility issues enjoy a day at the lake and time in a boat with or without a fishing rod.
A number of wheelchair-bound individuals got out on the lake and some, but not all, were able to land a nice rainbow fish. Others simply enjoyed the superb scenery and the fresh air.
Then, on Fathers’ Day, 150 kids and their parents attended and many caught one or more pan-size rainbow trout stocked in the lake earlier in the week.
For most of the day there were 11 boats on the beautiful little lake. Each youngster who caught a fish received a rod and reel set. All received burgers or hot dogs, fruit juice, and a cuddly toy animal.
Thanks go to Family Fishing Society of BC, BC Wildlife Federation, the Province of BC, A&W, and especially to enthusiastic volunteers.