“We really never tried to go fishing before, we thought it is too hard. It was fun for my son and parents!” – Parent, Prineville Reservoir, OR

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

Prineville Reservoir
Prineville, Oregon (map)

Event Contacts

Event Coordinator

Patrick McGowan




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2016 Event Recap:  By Patrick McGowan

It’s not every summer day that you need to look closely at the radar in the high desert of Oregon to see if it’s going to storm, but for the C.A.S.T. event held at Prineville reservoir last weekend, that’s exactly what we had to do.  We made a tentative call on Friday that the event would still go forward, boat rides or no boat rides, and we’re glad we did as the weather held.

We had 31 participants and 14 boat captains. We had numerous volunteers which included C.A.S.T. Executive Director Jay Yelas, Crook County Sheriff Marine Patrols, Crook County Search & Rescue team, State Park staff and Kiwanis Club crew, as well as Reclamation employees and the local BASS club. With more participants checking in than in the past, we were a little strapped for boats, and luckily several participants chose to fish from shore.  I’d say that overall, while the threat of weather continually loomed throughout the morning, we enjoyed each other’s company, met new and old friends, and shared in some great adventures and a delicious BBQ luncheon.   Feels like this event was a great success with a number of shining faces.

2015 Event Recap:

“Prineville C.A.S.T For Kids Reels in a Good Time” by: Patrick McGowan, BFO Civil Engineer, Plus Photos

The morning of the Prineville ‘Catch a Special Thrill’ event followed a period of unusually cool and cloudy weather. Starbucks and Ray’s Food in Prineville donated hot coffee and donuts for the early morning volunteers.

As the event prepared to get underway, 19 participants and their families began to arrive. The boat captains and participants were eager to begin their annual blast on the lake.

The Crook County Search and Rescue Team assisted with loading the participants, launched the boats, and monitored the weather forecast. Crook County Sheriff’s Office provided assistance with traffic control and public safety in and around the picnic areas while the marine patrol handled water safety on the lake.

After the morning fishing and boat ride, the volunteers were surprised to see so many young anglers come back with numerous smallmouth bass. There were smiling faces all over the park as the participants showed off their catch for the day. Pictures were taken and printed for the families as a keepsake.

“I saw at least one boat come in with a stringer full of fish, coupled with smiling faces,” said Doug DeFlitch Bend Field Office manager. “It was a great day for the kids, their parents, and the volunteers.”

“My son loves the water and fishing,” said one participant’s mother. “This is a wonderful event.”

Just before the barbecue lunch and dessert, which was donated by local businesses and prepared by the Kiwanis Club members, there was a short period of isolated thunderstorms, but that did not stop the fun. Everyone gathered for the delicious meal and some shared fishing stories.

The luncheon was followed by an awards ceremony. The participants, parents, and volunteers had an enjoyable time. The parents extended their gratitude, thanking all involved for the lasting memories this event creates for them and their children. It was truly a time to “Catch a Special Thrill” for all.

The Bureau of Reclamation and the C.A.S.T. Foundation want to say thank you to all the donors, boat captains and volunteers who assisted with making this worthy event possible. We hope to see you again next year. New donors and volunteers are always welcome

Thanks to our Event Sponsors

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Take Pride in America, Kiwanis Club of Prineville, Crook County Search & Rescue, Oregon State Parks, Central Oregon Bass Club, Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Pepsi Cola of Bend, Ray’s Food Place- Prineville, Prineville Grocery Outlet, Bigfoot Beverages,  Eberhard’s Dairy, Starbucks Coffee, The Dawg House, National Fish Carvers Guild, Wholesale Sports (Sportsman’s Warehouse), Walmart, Apple Peddler of Prineville, Plano Molding Co., Zebco, Take Me Fishing

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