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


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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2017 Event Report

Great weather met the 23 children of special needs who came out to the California department of Water Resources sponsored event on the Brannan Island park of the California Delta  on Saturday May 13, 2017. 16 high-energy boater volunteers shuttled the children out onto the lake for a morning of fishing. Large mouth bass, and bluegill were the dominant species brought back in at the end of the morning. Each child was awarded a plaque, new rod and reel, and new tackle box for their efforts. After a delicious lunch, and award ceremony followed where the children recognized for their efforts on the water. Thanks go out to all the wonderful volunteers who helped make this event and outstanding  success year after year.

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.

 

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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