Here’s my round-up of South Puget Sound area kids’ fishing events for 2012!
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 21st 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. Registration is going on now. I spoke to Leigh Ann this morning, and she says there are afternoon openings and just one or two remaining morning slots, so don’t wait!
Puyallup, Saturday, April 28th Bradley Lake 7AM-9AM Register at the event beginning at 6:30 AM; cash only-3.00 per child Lake is stocked for the event; kids need to bring their own rod and reel. Prizes will be awarded. Note that this is an earlier date than previous years.
Kent, Saturday, May 19th 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 will not be accepted after May 16th.
Lakewood, Saturday, May 19th Youth Fishing Event at American Lake Children will be able to fish in the lake, which will be stocked for the event. Each child may catch and keep up to two fish, which will be cleaned and put on ice to take home and enjoy. All children will receive a t-shirt and a fishing log. The cot is 10.00 per child. There are different time slots through out the day. Sign up for a time by May 6th. 253 983 7758. Limited to the first 300 children to register.
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!