33rd Annual July 25, 2020 – CANCELLED
We are sad to announce that the 33rd Annual Kids Fishing Festival will NOT be held this July 25th. The Town of Mammoth Lakes is not allowing any events in July and will make a decision on the rest of the summer. But we will be back July 30th, 2021 with a new and improved Kids Fish Fest! Ideas are already brewing.
We’d like to acknowledge the tremendous support and volunteering we’ve had over the years! A big appreciation to the Town of Mammoth Lakes for their funding of the event and supplying the trophy trout from Desert Springs Trout Farm in Oregon. The Dept of Fish and Wildlife has brought their Educational Programs plus supplemental rods & reels and a practice casting zone. Berkley/Pure Fishing has provided several knowledgeable guides and offered Power Bait for all the kids! And thanks to SnowCreek Resort for letting us use their 2 ponds! We also appreciate Eastern Sierra Artists for being our sponsors and look forward to many new art booths.
Thanks for supporting this amazing event and we will see you in 2021.
Gaye Mueller, Festival Director
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. We have our local mascots coming to entertain the kids and provide fun photo ops. Bucky from June Mountain Ski Area will be joined by Woolly from Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (try their newest, longest zip line in N. America!) and Sparky from the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department.
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.