“Love the CAST event at New Melones. My son Connor was beyond excited and the event lived up to our expectations and beyond. All the people and volunteers were wonderful and were very good with my son and myself. Will do it again.” – Parent, Lake New Melones 

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 Location

Lake New Melones
Sonora, California (map)

Event Contacts

Event Coordinator

Josh Pelham

(209) 536-9094 ext 336


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2017 Event Recap

The children could hardly wait to make their way down the boat ramp, rod & reel and tackle box in hand to take turns on the boats. Those who stayed behind to wait their turn practiced casting on the shore. On the boats, children were all smiles as they sped about the lake searching for just the right location to catch a fish. Although few children reeled in a catch, everyone enjoyed learning how to cast and bait their hooks. They were determined little fishermen! They didn’t give up easily and they didn’t want to return to shore. When someone did reel one in, screams and cheers could be heard. For many, this was their first time ever fishing. What a treat!

2016 Event Recap

Our 2016 New Melones Reservoir C.A.S.T. For Kids event went very well with everyone enjoying themselves out on the water. Participants caught a few fish this year, which was an improvement from last year’s event.  The lunch was delicious and there was an assortment of healthy snacks provided throughout the morning. Ranger activities were offered to the participants through out the morning and lunch. The kids had a chance to make fish print T-shirts, win prizes, and take part in water safety games like “Save the Ranger.” Volunteer support was excellent this year, with plenty of enthusiastic help. Many of our fishermen volunteers are seasoned C.A.S.T. veterans and really enjoy their time with the kids. We are thinking in 2017 to have the event earlier in the year before the hot weather sets in. We hope this will also allow for better fish catching due to more fish living in the shallows.

Thanks to our Event Sponsors

Bureau of Reclamation, Arnold Rotary International, Roto Rooter, 4H Club, New Melones Lake Marina, Mountain Oasis Water, Kokanee Power, Jay C. Wallace Plumbing, Glory Hole Sports, Columbia Communications, Tuolumne County Sheriffs Dept., Calaveras County Sheriffs Dept., California Fish and Wildlife, Messengers MC Club,  McCoy Tire, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Save Mart Supermarkets, The ARC, Lews, Flambeau

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