The reservoir at Manila Creek Park is stocked with 1,500 to 2,000 rainbow trout, 6 to 16 inches in length and more than 40 children can attest to the fact they are biting.

The large fishery pond opens to the public in a grand opening June 4.

Pleasant Grove Recreation staff hosted their first fishing club in partnership with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources on Wednesday.

Dave Harrison was at the event with his granddaughter, Brooke Quarnberg, 10, who got her fishing pole and pink tackle box for Christmas. Harrison has 37 grandchildren, most of whom like to fish.

"I liked it, it was fun," said Quarnberg about the fishing club class. "We learned about different kinds of fish, safety and how to cast."

Then there is the fishing, she said, "It's relaxing."

Forty-four enrolled kids, from ages 3 to 14, took fishing pole in hand, learned to tie knots, cast and safety before taking to the large pond. About one-quarter of the group were girls.

Next Wednesday, they hope to try their fishing skill with albino trout at the park.

"It's a great partnership," said Jay Dee Neilsen, Pleasant Grove recreation manager. "It's a tremendous success."

He said the only thing lacking was more volunteers -- kids had to be put on a waiting list and several children did not get to participate. They try to have one volunteer -- there were five -- with two children for instruction and supervision. Several parents helped as well, giving the child-to-adult ratio more balance.

The fishing club will form once a year and meet every Wednesday for six weeks; cost for the child member is $15. Fishing is free at the park because it is state water controlled by Utah State Division of Wildlife Services and the Pleasant Grove police.

Jimmy Xiao, 10, said he liked learning how to tie knots. Carson McLeod, 7, was on a waiting list and was able to get into club membership a week before the class began.

The first child to catch a fish out of Manila Creek Pond was Jonathan Bunting, 13. The rainbow trout was more than a foot long and because it had swallowed the hook so well, he and his adviser decided not to release him back in the pond.

His sister, Amy Bunting, 10, had one on the line before his catch but the fish decided to spit the hook out.

That the kids were excited would be an understatement.

Layne Jarvis, 11, came running up to the base station and, jumping up and down and in a voice that was heard throughout the park, he cried to Sorensen, "I got a fish, and I can't get the hook off!"