“I took my daughter Natalie to the Fishing Kids event at Lake Washington, it was such a blast! I never really went fishing as a kid so I learned as much as she did! Although, I still won’t touch the fish, my 6 year old daughter has me beat in that department! Thanks CAST for Kids, your Fishing Kids Event was the highlight of our year!” – Josh Hudson, Renton, WA
This is a Fishing Kids event designed to provide all children the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing.
Thanks to the generous donations of several organizations, businesses and community groups, children ages 5 to 14 years old will have an opportunity to receive a hands-on fishing lesson from volunteer anglers. Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in water safety, boating and natural resource demonstrations.
Registration Details: Each pre-registered child will receive a Lew’s rod & reel combo and an event t-shirt. Registration is limited to the first 600 youths. Registration opens on March 30 (for Renton residents) and April 6th (for non-Renton residents). Online registration is through Renton Parks & Recreation (once there, click on “Programs” at the top, then “Special Events” on the left, then “Youth” under that, then “Fishing Kids”). For registration help call 425-430-6700.
Volunteers: On-shore volunteers are needed to assist the kids fish, hand out gear, clean fish, etc. Are you with a group – sign up with your group and have one person contact the Event Coordinator with the total number in your group. Are you an individual who would like to volunteer – contact the Event Coordinator and let us know your name, phone number, and what you’d like to help out with. Thanks!
Event LocationLake Washington
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2016 Event Recap
We began with 600 rods fully assembled (the night before by 20+ volunteers) and registration nearly full. With the great weather, almost everyone showed up to fish, and we were able to get lots of walk-ups registered that day. The Coast Guard Auxiliary, Mercer Island PD, and the Renton Fire Water Safety Team worked together to give a water safety talk to each group before they were handed a Zebco rod/reel to use and keep after the event. Several fishing clubs, CBP, and individuals were along the shore to teach the kids (and their parents) how to bait their hooks, how to set the hook, and how to catch (for some) their first fish! Each kid was able to catch up to 2 fish, which they brought over to the cleaning station staffed by Dick’s. We also had the firefighters and City of Renton lifeguards on hand for safety. All in all the day was perfect, as 593 kids caught fish, with the help of more than 70 volunteers.
In the News: Renton Reporter (2014 event)
Thanks to our Event Sponsors
Puyallup Tribe of Indians, City of Renton, WDFW, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Alaska USA Credit Union, Sheet Metal Union Workers Local #66, Walmart, Puget Sound Anglers: South King County and Renton Chapters, Renton Kiwanis, Pacific Medical Centers, Danielson Tackle, Meridian Family Auto Repair, CBP, Western Bass Club, Western Washington Walleye Club, Auburn Sports and Marine, Renton Fire Department, U.S. Coastguard Auxiliary, Starbucks Coffee, Take Me Fishing, Zebco, and C.A.S.T for Kids Foundation