Wednesday, November 14, 2012
What Do Trout Eat, & Educating Kids
However, when that desire to have fresh caught trout hits I do not raid the native streams. I instead head right for the put and take stream that is stocked in season nearly once a week. These fish rarely will survive the winter and are put there just for that purpose. I could get into the ethics behind it but that for another post. Today I am talking about supplying fish for pre-K children.
So anyway, as I was saying, my kids teacher wanted deer meat and fresh trout for an example of what the Native Americans ate. The feast was going to be the culmination of a long course on Native American Indians and Eskimos and she wanted me to supply the food. The deer meat was not a problem since I had a freezer full of it and the trout... well what better excuse is there to go fishing.
I am never one to miss an opportunity to educate the kids so I asked them to pull up a chair and watch me clean then. Eagerly they watch as I gutted and cleaned them, then I took it one step further and emptied all three trouts stomach contents for the kids to analyze. As we sifted through the first (and smallest trouts stomach contents) we began to see things the kids recognized like a millipede, an ant, and of course a ladybug.
I finished cleaning the fish and cleaned up the bug guts before my wife saw them on her kitchen counter. As for the kids special Indian feast, I am told that it was a mega hit. There is only about twelve kids in the class and they finished off three whole trout and a pound of deer meat. My boy was star and the only complaint I heard of was from one other little boy that was real angry that his daddy didn't fish or hunt.
The moral of the story, take your kids out into the great outdoors and teach them about the world in which we live. They will thank you for it for the rest of your life.