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

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

Saturday, 8am - 2pm

I'm Hooked FREE Family Fishing Event
  • Location: Steel Lake Park, 2410 S 312th St, Federal Way, WA 98003

All Ages

Registration: Online registrations will close Friday, May 3rd, at 4:00 PM. Onsite registrations are welcome on Saturday, May 4th (Time slots are not guaranteed after the close of online registration). Register at May 4th, 2024 Steel Lake Park (Federal Way, WA) - I'm Hooked, Inc. (

In partnership with the I am Hooked Foundation, Federal Way Parks Department, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, spend the day outdoors (rain or shine), engage in angler education, fishing, and health & wellness activities. Loaner rods and tackle are provided.

Community mentors will help guide your child and family in the art of fishing, nature, health, and wellness and instill a love and passion to enjoy for years to come!

Activities include:

  • Angler Education Station
  • Water Safety
  • Shoreline Fishing
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Health & Wellness
Spokane County
Date Event Location Who may participate Sponsor and contact information

8am - 3pm

Clear Lake Kids Fishing Event

Fairchild Airforce Base Clear Lake Recreation Area


Ages 5-14

Inland Northwest Wildlife Council 

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Randy Osborne, WDFW,


Thurston County
Date Event Location Who may participate Sponsor and contact information

Saturday, 8am - 2pm

Columbus Park Family Fishing Event
  • Location: Columbus Park, 5700 Black Lake Blvd SW #62, Olympia, WA 98512

All Ages: Kids 14 and younger fish free

free parking for the event

Looking for a fun-filled weekend with your family? Don’t miss our exciting event featuring a variety of games, crafts, and activities for kids of all ages! Plus, discover local vendors offering unique products and services. You can even win amazing prize.

Kids are encouraged to bring their own poles, but there will also be some available.

  • This event is NOT suitable for 4-legged family members. Your pets must stay home.
  • Food and some activities are offered at minimal fees.