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

Cowlitz County
Date Title Location Who may participate Sponsor and contact information

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Merwin Special Kids Day

Merwin Fish Hatchery
111 Merwin Hatchery Ct
Ariel, WA 98603

Children with disabilities

Pacific Power and WDFW

Register online

King County
Date Title Location Who may participate Sponsor and contact information

7 a.m.-12 p.m.

Hooked on Fishing at Steel Lake

Steel Lake,
Federal Way

Youths ages 14 and under

Save Our Fish - Auburn Chapter and City of Federal Way


TBD

Fishing Kids at Lake Washington

Lake Washington (Gene Coulon Park),
Renton

ages 5 to 14,
pre-registration required

C.A.S.T. for Kids
Registration
 

Skagit County
Date Title Location Who may participate Sponsor and contact information

7 a.m.-11 a.m.

Kids Fishing Event at Hart Lake

Heart Lake,
Anacortes

Youths ages 14 and under

Puget Sound Anglers - Fidalgo/San Juan Island Chapter and City of Anacortes Parks & Recreation Department
Nicole Johnston (City of Anacortes) 360-293-1918
Pre-registration preferred
 

Whatcom County
Date Title Location Who may participate Sponsor and contact information

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kids Fishing Event at Howard Bowen Memorial Park

Howard Bowen Memorial Park,
Sumas

Youths ages 4 to 14*
*Age specific shifts apply
 

Sumas American Legion Post 212


9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Loyal Order of Camels Club Annual Kids Fishing Derby

Fishtrap Creek (Lynden City Park),
Lynden
 

Youths ages 5 to 13*
*age specific shifts apply
 

Loyal Order of Camels Club