South Sound Kids’ Fishing Derbies and Events for 2013

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Here’s my round-up of South Puget Sound area kids’ fishing events for 2013!

Of course, you don’t need to participate in an official event to take your kids fishing. There are plenty of area spots to choose from, and even if they aren’t biting, you can always tell everyone about the one that got away!  Children under 14 do not need a fishing license, so the only investment (besides time) is a pole and some bait. If you will be fishing-which means having your own pole/line in, or holding the pole, then you need to get a license for yourself.

Here are special events to consider if you want the odds in your kiddos’ favor! Many of them have registration deadlines approaching quickly, so don’t wait long to sign up and mark your calendars.

Lacey, Saturday, April 20st Lacey Family Fish In Fishing event for kids 5-14 will take place at the Woodland Creek Community Park at Long’s Pond. Preregister for 5.00 with the city of Lacey parks department. Each child who participates will receive a rod and reel to keep, and volunteers will be on hand to assist.  Call 360-491-0857 for more information.Event includes educational stations as well as fishing. Pre-registration is going on now, and is required. I’m still trying to get a hold of someone to confirm availability. If you find out, let me know!

Puyallup, Saturday, May 18th at Bradley Lake 7AM-12AM  Free to kids 0-14  Put on by the Tacoma Sportsmen’s Club  The lake is stocked, and fishing is closed to adults. There will be some loaner gear available, but they can’t make promises, so bring your own if you have it (SFM hint: It’s right across the street from the Walmart). This event is free, and all sign up is the day-of. Amanda says you can come anytime, but it’s popular, so if you want a good spot, aim for closer to 7. I know….it’s early…..I guess that’s when they bite?

Kent, Saturday, May 18th Old Fishing Hole Pond Each child will be partnered with a guide for a fishing lesson and a chance to catch trout. All equipment will be provided; you’re asked not to bring your own. This is a free event, but registration is required and began March 21st

Lakewood-If you’re looking for the kids’ fishing event at American Lake, sad news. It’s been the victim of budget cuts. SFM Editorial: Ever notice that kids’ events are the first to go? It’s because they don’t vote. If you value programming like this and want to see it back, get active in your local government. Sorry-off soap box now.

If you know of a kids’ fishing event in the South Sound that didn’t make the list, please leave a comment and let me know!

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