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Free Kids Fishing Events in June

June is here and it’s time to grab a fishing pole! Gifford Pinchot National Forest and local partners will host free fishing events for kids and families on Saturdays, June 10 and June 24. Fishing rods and tackle may be available for kids to borrow and volunteers will be on hand to show kids how to fish. Fish cleaning will be provided. No need to sign up in advance—just show up! Here’s what’s happening, when, and where:

Saturday, June 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Mount St. Helens Kids’ Fishing Derby
The Mount St. Helens Kids’ Fishing Derby will be held at the day use area in Merwin Park east of Woodland.  This fun-filled event has 1,500 large rainbow trout in a netted-off section of Lake Merwin, waiting to be caught by kids. There will be loaner rods available for kids to use, worms for bait, and volunteers to show kids how to fish. Activities include a parade, storytelling inside a 40-foot-long inflatable salmon, face painting, an aqua-aquarium, boater safety, Gyotaku-Japanese fish printing on t-shirts, and button-making. Call 360-449-7800 for more information. Everything is free, including lunch!

Saturday, June 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Lewis County Kids’ Fishing Derby
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is a proud sponsor of the Lewis County Public Utilities District Kids’ Fishing Derby. Located at Lake Scanewa in East Lewis County, this kids fishing event has been encouraging new anglers over 20 years. Kids can fish for trout, have their faces painted, learn how to clean fish, and participate in a number of games and fish competitions.  or more information, call Lewis County PUD at 360-740-2449.

Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Kids’ Fishing Day at Goose Lake
The Mt. Adams Ranger District’s Kids’ Fishing Day will be held at Goose Lake along Forest Road 60. Bring your own rods and tackle to fish from the shore, although there will be some loaner rods, tackle, free bait, and fish cleaning provided for kids aged 14 and under. Volunteers and staff will help teach kids and their families how to fish and clean the trout to take home. Learn about fish and fishing during this great family day in the outdoors. Parking is very limited, so bring a friend and carpool. For more information about Kids’ Fishing Day at Goose Lake, contact Stephanie Caballero at 509-395-3419.

Kids age 14 and under can fish year-round without a fishing license, but teens and adults aged 15 and older must have a Washington State fishing license on their person while fishing and all state fishing regulations must be followed during these events. Washington freshwater sport fishing rules can be viewed at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington.

Klineline Kids’ Fishing

The Klineline Kids' Fishing event is an incredibly popular annual fishing derby that gives kids from age 5 to 14 the chance to catch fish from a fully-stocked pond. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hosts events similar to this throughout the state from April through June, but it partners with local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and volunteers to put fins on the ground (so to speak). The Klineline event is hosted in tandem with Klineline Kids' Fishing Nonprofit and Clark Public Utilities.

The fishing event at Klineline Pond is open to the first 2,000 kids to register—and there's also a fishing day for up to 800 special needs kids on Friday, April 11. You must sign up for a specific time slot, anytime from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on both days. The cost includes a free t-shirt and a Zebco rod and reel to take home. Additional gear and bait (lots of wiggly worms!) will be provided. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; click here to find out more or call Jamie Birkeland of Riverview Community Bank at 360-931-5524.

Visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/kids/events.html or http://www.klineline-kf.org/index.html to download the registration form (sorry, there's no online or phone registration available). The registration deadline is Friday, April 4.