29th Annual KIDS FISHING FESTIVAL
Saturday, July 30th, 2016 – 8am-1pm • SnowCreek Ponds on Old Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes
The 29th Annual KIDS FISHING FESTIVAL will be held July 30th, 2016, from 8am to 1pm at the SnowCreek Ponds on Old Mammoth Road in the resort town of Mammoth Lakes, California.
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, 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. Our regional Game Wardens will be on hand to answer questions about becoming a warden as well as Smokey the Bear and his Forest Service buddies and they will be bringing their Recruitment Trailer which is filled with taxidermied California fish, birds and animals. Kids can practice their shooting techniques in the laser shot booth attached to the trailer. The US Forest Service is bringing Smokey the Bear and his assistants to educate kids about fire safety.
Fishing guides from the Eastern Sierra and Aguabonita FlyFishing Club in Ridgecrest will also be available to help and instruct. Aguabonita is catching the pond’s aquatic insects and bringing microscopes so the kids can learn about entomology and the food sources for trout. There will also be fly tying lessons so the kids can make a fly, put it on their rods, practice fly casting with our expert guides, and then catch a trout! There is complimentary fish cleaning available so you can take home your trout and have it for dinner.
This year the Festival is proud to welcome our new sponsor, Friends of Rollo. Since 1999, they have taken 100,000 children fishing, free of charge, on sport boats from San Diego to Half Moon Bay. This year, San Diego’s Mayor declared Jan. 31st as Friends of Rollo Day! “We want to introduce fishing to children who might not otherwise have such an opportunity in hopes that fishing becomes something that changes their lives. We’d like them to experience a day of beauty and nature while out on the water and have the chance to see something they might otherwise never witness”. We are grateful that Friends of Rollo wished to expand their mission of taking kids fishing to the Eastern Sierra.
This annual event is fun for the entire family. The Lions Club supplies free coffee and donuts. Cocos Locos will offer snow cones and tacos for lunch. The Mammoth Fire Dept. will bring their adorable old fire engine and talk about their Canoe Races and Picnic afterward on Saturday and Sunday. This is a family weekend in Mammoth not to be missed. Mammoth is presenting 3 FREE family festivals! Sunday is kids day and the Firemen’s Picnic at Shady Rest Park. 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 Berkley/Pure Fishing who bring lots of experienced guides, more loaner rods & reels and free gear. Additional funding comes from the Mono County Fisheries Commission and the Town of Mammoth Lakes. For more information, call Gaye at (760)937-2942. For lodging info, MonoCounty.org and VisitMammoth.com.