“Our children are our most precious commodity no matter what their ability is or isn’t.” – Shore Volunteer, Brannan Island, CA

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This is a C.A.S.T. for Kids event designed to provide children with disabilities, ages 7 – 17, the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the  sport of fishing. Take to the water with C.A.S.T. for an unforgettable morning of fishing and boating!


Event Location

California Delta (Brannan Island)
Rio Vista, California (map)

Event Contacts

Event Coordinator

Bill Samuels

(916) 376-9635


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2016 Event Report (by Bill Samuels)

The weather couldn’t have been better for today’s C.A.S.T. event at Brannan Island on the Delta. With a slight breeze to keep the heat from building, 43 volunteers, 18 boat captains, and 5 first mates helped make it a perfect day for 23 excited children. We also received help from DWR offices throughout the State; from Red Bluff in the north, down to Los Angeles in the south, and all points in between. We also received help from our partner agencies; the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and the California Conservation Corps, along with assistance from the Brannan Island managers; American Land and Leisure. To make sure that the kids remained safe while fishing, the Sacramento Sheriff’s office patrolled the local waters.  State Assembly member Jim Frazier made an appearance and gave out “Certificates of Recognition” to the agencies and long-time volunteers in this C.A.S.T. event.  Assembly member Frazier has been very active in writing laws to protect disabled children throughout the State by “leveling the playing field” in scholastics. The C.A.S.T. program is intended to expand opportunities for young persons with special needs to enjoy and use the State Water Project recreation facilities across the State.

2015 Event Report (by Bill Samuels)

Third Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids Fishing Event at Brannan Island

DWR’s North Central Region Office Staff hosted the third annual C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event at Brannan Island near Rio Vista. 35 children, 33 boaters, and over 76 volunteers enjoyed a day with stripers and large-mouth bass as plentiful as the smiles on the kid’s faces. Sharon Brown came up from our Southern Region Office, Delta Field Division, Department of Environmental Services, and Public Affairs Office assisted, as well as staff from other State, Federal, and municipal offices;  Cal-Fire, California Conservation Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Solano County Sheriff’s Office. The event’s Master of Ceremonies was the new Executive Director of the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Jay Yelas.  After the children returned from fishing with local pro-bass fishermen, they were served a barbeque lunch prepared by the Vallejo Kiwanis, followed by an awards ceremony where every child was a winner and received a plaque.

Thanks to our Event Sponsors

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, California State Parks, State of California Department of Water Resources, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, California Conservation Corps, American Land & Leisure, Kiwanis International, Kelly-Moore Paints, Sierra Slammers, Office Max, Raley’s Foods, Starbucks, Zebco,  Plano Tackle Systems

Tri-Valley SELPA, Easter Seals, and other local SELPA organizations

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