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Youth Fishing Event Calendar

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife teams up with businesses, organizations and volunteers from all over Washington to provide fishing opportunities for children ages 5 to 14. Most of these events take place from April through June, and each provides a day of fishing for a few dozen to several hundred kids and their families.

Each of these youth fishing events is different from all the rest. Some require pre-registration and have a cap on the number of participants while others are open to anyone who wants to drop in; some provide rod-and-reel combos that kids can take home at the end of the day, some provide loaner rods and reels, and other require that kids bring all their own tackle. To learn more, check with the local contact listed for each event on the schedule below.

Watch our kids’ fishing event highlights video to share the fun before you choose an event in your area.

2015 Schedule
Calendar updated when events are submitted
2015 Dates Time Location County Event Who May Participate Sponsor and Contact Information
Fri. April 10 8:00am – 4:00pm
Klineline Park,
Vancouver, WA
Clark Special Needs Kids and Adults Fishing Event
at Klineline Pond
Special needs kids and adults Klineline Kids Fishing
PO Box 873875
Vancouver, WA 98687
(360) 608-7973
Online registration at
Sat. April 11 8:00am – 4:00pm
Klineline Park,
Vancouver, WA
Clark Kids Fishing Event
at Klineline Pond
Kids ages 5 –14 years old Klineline Kids Fishing
PO Box 873875
Vancouver, WA 98687
(360) 608-7973
Online registration at
Sat. April 18 8:00am -- 3:00pm Carter Lake, Joint Base Lewis McChord Pierce JBLM Annual Top 3 Children's Fishing Derby Ages 14 and under McChord Field Top 3
Scott G. Winchell
(253) 677-4357
Sat. Apr. 18 9 am - 12pm Pit Pond (Rock Island) Douglas The Free Rock Island Kids Fishing Day Juveniles (under 15 years old) Dave Graybill
Sat. Apr. 25 8:00am to 3:45 pm Reflection Pond (Sarg Hubbard Park) Yakima Yakima Kids' Fish-In ages 5-14

Yakima Greenway Foundation / WDFW
(509) 453-8280
Registration Form

Sat. May 2 8:00am -- 3:00pm Clear Lake (Fairchild AFB Recreation Area)
Spokane Clear Lake Annual Kids Fishing Event Kids ages 5 -14 Inland Northwest Wildlife Council / WDFW
(509) 892-1001
Registration Form
Become a Sponsor
Sat. May 8 5:00pm-7:00pm Columbia Park Pond Benton Tri-cities Special Needs Children and adults with disabilities The ARC of Tri-cities
Sat. May 9 9:00am-2:30pm Columbia Park Pond Benton Tri-cities Kids Fishing Day Children 5 to 14 years of age Mail-in: Kennewick Recreation 2901 Southridge Blvd.
Kennewick, WA 99338
Sat. May 16 8am American Lake Pierce City of Lakewood Kids Event Juveniles Dennis Higashiyama
Sat. June 6 Bridgeport Lagoon Douglas Bridgeport Days kids fishing derby Family Event City of Bridgeport
(509) 686-4041
Sat. Jun. 6 9 am to 1 pm Merwin Park Cowlitz Merwin Kids Fishing Derby kids 16 and under USFS 360-449-7800
Sat. June 13 Bonaparte Lake Okanogan Kids' free fishing day Family event US Forest Service, Tonakset
(509) 486-2168
Sat. June 13 10-2pm Winthrop National Fish Hatchery Okanogan Winthrop Kids' Free Fishing Day Family Event Winthrop National Fish Hatchery
(509) 996-2424
Sat. July 11 9:00 - 1:00 Merwin Hatchery Cowlitz Merwin Special Kids Day Children with disabilities WDFW & PacifiCorp
Reservation Line 1-800-899-4421 Not open until 4/15/15
Merwin Hatchery 360-225-4391