32nd Annual July 27, 2019

KIDS FISHING FESTIVAL

 SnowCreek Ponds on Old Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes
Plenty of huge trophy trout from Desert Springs Trout Farm will be stocked in these beautiful High Sierra ponds with Mammoth Mountain forming a picturesque backdrop. This popular event is FREE for kids 14 and under and will run from 8am to 1pm. Rods and reels are provided, or you can bring your own. Come later, receive more individual attention from our guides, and have lunch. Our fish keep biting all day long!

Fisheries staff from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) will be available to lend a hand and teach children a little about California’s trout fisheries. Every child will receive their own California Fishing Passport and fish identification book. Catch a fish and get special passport stamps in your book! A beautiful trout aquarium, provided by Hot Creek Hatchery, will be on display and loaded with enormous trout. Kids will receive information on the life of a hatchery trout along with a special coloring book and a junior fishing license. DFW is also bringing their popular “Fishing in the City” Program to teach kids about the joys of fishing. These wonderful volunteers will bring loaner rods and reels and teach casting techniques. Visit DFW’s Dissection and Entomology booths. They will catch the pond’s aquatic insects and bring microscopes so the kids can learn the food sources for trout, as well as how a trout looks dissected.

Our regional Game Wardens will be on hand to answer questions about becoming a warden and they will be bringing their Recruitment Trailer which is filled with taxidermied California fish, birds and animals. The US Forest Service is bringing Smokey the Bear and his assistants to educate kids about fire safety. Smokey will be joined by Wooly from Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (try their newest, longest zip line in N. America!) and Sparky from the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department.

Fishing guides from the Eastern Sierra will also be available to help and instruct. We want every child to catch a fish! There is complimentary fish cleaning available so the kids can take their catch home and have it for dinner. More guides come from Berkley/Pure Fishing and they bring fun freebies with them! For many years these dedicated volunteers have donated Power Bait and brought guides to teach kids and their parents to learn to fish. If you can’t catch fish, the Berkley Boys are here to make sure you land a beauty!

This year our new sponsor is Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club. We are very pleased to have a local community service organization willing to help continue this 30 year tradition of teaching children how to fish. Mammoth Lakes Lions Club offers FREE donuts, coffee, and juice.

This is a family weekend in Mammoth not to be missed. Mammoth is presenting 3 FREE family festivals! Sunday is kids day at the Firemen’s Picnic at Shady Rest Park from 11am-4pm.

VillageFest has California’s highest Rib and Chili cook-off, live music all 3 days, a beer garden, and plenty of fun activities for all ages, plus a crawdad boil! Facebook.com/mammothvillagefest.

The Kids Fishing Festival is also sponsored by the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the Mono County Fish & Wildlife Commission. Stocked trophy trout are donated by the Town of Mammoth Lakes, Desert Springs Trout Farm and the Department of Fish & Wildlife. Thanks to SnowCreek Resort for the use of their beautiful ponds. For more information, call Gaye at (760)937-2942 or  EasternSierraArtist@gmail.com. For lodging information, MonoCounty.org and VisitMammoth.com.
See you the last Saturday of July!