“The volunteers for this event brought tears to my eyes. The smiles and positive attitudes on behalf of participants and volunteers were beyond words.” – Parent, Lake Oroville, CA
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 Oroville
Oroville, California (map)
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2016 Event Recap: By Todd Stanley
It rained the day before, and it was foggy the day of the event; however, it did clear up to bluebird skies. We had 23 kids and 11 boats. With my boat and the help of a house boat, every kid got to go fishing on a boat. 1 of the kids told me that his highlight was using the floating bathroom that Lake Oroville has on the water! Half of the kids caught fish and the other half did not. It was a tough bite because of the weather change. Overall the event was a hit!
2014 Event Report
The Oroville event was greeted with a little warmer weather than we have had the last few years but still a very comfortable summer day for a fun day of fishing. This year we were able to set-up a booth at the Butte County Children’s Special Olympics to promote the Lake Oroville C.A.S.T. Event this past May. I am sure that through the Special Olympics we had the opportunity to introduce the C.A.S.T. for Kids Program to families and children in our special needs community. Initially we had 37 new children who contacted us to have the registration information mailed to them shortly after the Special Olympics and leading up to our event, unfortunately there was a week-long camping program for special needs children sponsored by the Chico Area Recreation & Park District that ended on the day of our event which probably lessoned the number of new kids who did sign-up for our event. With alumni filling in the final 10 spots we ended up with 40 children total. We were fortunate to have plenty of boats with a couple of patio boats, the disabled access houseboat and with over 32 bass boats everyone got on the water with room to spare. After a presentation to the Northwest Lineman College students we were able to sign-up 26 students to help assist the children through the event. Cal Fire personnel came from all over the area to provide assistance to handle the children and facilitate the launching and retrieving of boats off the water. First Responder EMS went out on the water during the event with a State Park Ranger Patrol Unit. There were 2 fires that started in an area just to the west of Oroville Dam that took away most of our Cal Fire personnel just as we were preparing to have the participants come off the lake, fortunately we had plenty of volunteer help to bring the boats off the water and complete the event. The fires we controlled quickly and only impacted the exit from the event as one access (Oro Dam Blvd.) was closed to control the fires, likely it was a good thing that we had so many resources so close with Cal Fire at the event. We did have a 50 boat BBT Bass Tournament that went out from the same launch ramp about an hour or so before we launched for our event. The Tournament Director (Randy Pringle) was contacted before the date our events by a California State Parks Ranger in charge of scheduling the Bass tournaments on Lake Oroville and also by me as the chair of the Lake Oroville C.A.S.T. event. Mr. Pringle assured both of us that they would treat our event with the utmost of respect as he was familiar with the C.A.S.T. for Kids Program having participated in an event at Lake Berryessa. We began to have our participants exit the lake at about 11:30 a.m. and the BBT Tournament was scheduled to come off the lake for their weigh-in at noon they waited until we were all off the water and then came off the lake so quietly we didn’t even know they were there. I spoke with Randy after the event and he was very gracious even offering to help us out with next year’s event through the sponsorship for his events. Professional Bass Fisherman Greg Gutierrez (retired Cal Fire) not only participated taking a child out on the water to fish but also took the time to hand out awards to the fishermen and participants as the MC of our awards ceremony. Art Pasley attended the event and provided his special support mixing with the families and their children, volunteers, and of course the many bass fishermen who truly provide that special thrill for our children, I think I may have even seen him launching one of the boats for one of our fishermen out on the lake. I can’t say enough regarding how much it means to the event to have Art come out and take part in our event. Our 10th event went very smooth thanks to all the Local and State Agency support.
2013 Event Report
The event went real well, it was great having Art Pasley here for the event again. Of course the children all had a wonderful time we had plenty of food provided by the Chico Bass Conservation Club for lunch. We did not have as many boats as we usually do due to various bass and Salmon fishing tournaments going on around the North State on the same weekend, however we were able to make it work with the addition of a couple of Patio Boats and the donated vessels from the marina’s on the lake.
Thanks to our Event Sponsors
Feather River Parks District, Kiwanis International, California Dept. of Water Resources, First Responder Medical, Taco Bell, Lake Oroville Marina, Northwest Lineman College, Lundberg Family Farms, WTC, Hofbrau, Grocery Outlet, Gold Country Casino and Hotel, Chico area Fly Fishers, Bidwell Canyon Marina, Pro Pacific Fresh, Raleys, Rite Aid, YMCA, CAL Fire, California Fish and Wildlife, E-Z pak Bait, Oroville Outdoors, WalMart, US Forest Service, California State Parks, California Dept of Boating and Waterways, Blue Diamond Growers, Chico Bags, Zebco, and Plano.