“I had an opportunity to speak with a parent whose child uses a wheelchair. He told me it was his son’s first time ever being on a boat ride. Big Smile!! That’s why I volunteer for C.A.S.T..” – Shore Volunteer, Lake Mead, NV
This is a C.A.S.T. for Kids event designed to provide children with disabilities, ages 5 – 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 LocationLake Mead
Boulder City, Nevada (map)
Toyya Mahoney Adrianne Reed
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2017 Event Recap
On Saturday, October 21, Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region hosted its 19th annual C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event at Hemenway Harbor at Lake Mead, Nevada. At the event, 28 children with special needs were provided with the opportunity to reel in a good time as they joined enthusiastic local volunteers for a morning of fishing and fun.
“Reclamation is proud to be a part of the national Catch a Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) for Kids program that provides children with physical and developmental disabilities, ages 5 to 17, the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing,” said David Palumbo, Reclamation’s Deputy Commissioner of Operations. “We are indeed fortunate to have a fine recreation area like Lake Mead so close to Las Vegas in this arid desert for fishing, boating and other water sports.”
Assisting with this year’s C.A.S.T. event were more than 90 volunteer staff from Reclamation and other federal, state and local organizations who served as fishing coaches and offered assistance to the novice anglers. Participating anglers were celebrated with an awards ceremony followed by a complimentary lunch provided by event sponsors; Lake Mead Marina, U.S. Foods, the Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino and Outwest Meat Company
2016 Event Recap
The 2016 C.A.S.T. event was held October 22 out of Lake Mead Marina for the first time. This new venue proved an excellent choice! The staff of the marina did a magnificent job preparing everything. 31 children caught Striped bass, Channel Catfish and Carp, the largest fish was a 10 pound Channel Catfish! Dignitaries from Washington D.C. were on hand to enjoy the morning with us, and it was great to have David Polumbo back in the Boulder City area with us. All in all, another fantastic event sponsored and coordinated by the Bureau of Reclamation staff!
2015 Event Recap
Saturday October 3, 2015, the Lower Colorado Regional office welcomed 38 special participants and 74 volunteers to the 17th annual Lake Mead C.A.S.T. for Kids event. Participants from the Nevada Blind Center, Give Me a Break Inc, and Ameriface arrived with smiles and were given a rod and tackle box as they checked-in for the day’s event. With their picture taken, a new t-shirt and hat, and some Gary Yamamoto baits participants headed to the water. The Las Vegas Boat Harbor graciously provided 11 pontoon boats for the participants to fish from during the event, while boat captains came from the Nevada Striper Club and Nevada Bass Anglers. Armed withan array of baits ranging from baby bass swim bait to anchovies, dough, and popcorn anglers hit the water and saw immediate success. Everything from carp to catfish and striped bass were brought up from Lake Mead. All fish fought, with one tugging so much that the rod simply gave way and snapped like a twig.
Screams, whoops, and hollers all indicated that another fish was on, and the excitement didn’t slow down. Fish after fish was brought on-board the boats for a quick picture with a proud fisherman and a volunteer before being released back into its watery home. Boat rides were given to participants as well, giving them a chance to get out on the open water. One participant from the Nevada Blind Center exclaimed, “I’ve never been on a boat before”, while others shouted that they didn’t want the boat rides to end.
Once the rides and fishing wrapped up participants received bass fishing trophies that were generously donated by Trophies of Las Vegas. They also received gift bags filled with goodies along with their C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing plaque. Participants received passes to both Red Rock National Conservation Area and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area as well. All of these awards served to commemorate the special day on the water, while encouraging the participants to continue fishing. During the awards ceremony volunteers and participants enjoyed a great barbecue lunch that was provided by the Railroad Pass Casino.
Overall the 2015 event was a great success, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the volunteers and supporting agencies and businesses. We had a long list of contributing businesses, and we’ve recognized their efforts that helped make the 2015 event such a wonderful day.
Thanks to our Event Sponsors
Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Nevada Striper Club, Nevada Bass Anglers, Nevada Bass Federation Nation, Knights of Columbus, Lake Mead Marina and Las Vegas Boat Harbor, World Famous Coffee Cup Cafe, US Foods, Outwest Meat Co., Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino, Bass Pro Shops, The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Trophies of Las Vegas, Smith’s Food and Drug, and Anderson Dairy