Youth fishing events

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.

Upcoming youth fishing events

Date Time Title Location County Sponsor and contact information

6 a.m.-12 p.m.

Kids Fishing Derby

Camp Lakeview,


Camp Lakeview
Hue or Jenny

8 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

Kids Fish-In

Lake Sacajawea (Martins Dock),


City of Longview Parks and Recreation

Pre-registration is required

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Spokane Kid's Fishing Event

Clear Lake, Fairchild AFB Recreation Area,
Medical Lake


Contact WDFW
Randy Osborne
509-892-1001, ext. 302

Registration form

Directions to event


8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Kids Fishing Festival

Columbia Springs,


Columbia Springs

Registration online

Kids Fishing Festival Flyer

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Belllingham Kid's Fishing Derby

Whatcom Fall Park,


Washington Steelheaders
Contact Doug Huddle