“Our Captain was GREAT, he took the time to talk to our child (9 yrs) who had many questions. He answered them all; he was calm and patient with him the entire time…” – Parent, Silverwood Lake
This is a C.A.S.T. for Kids event designed to provide children with disabilities, ages 6 – 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 LocationSilverwood Lake
Hesperia, California (map)
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Our C.A.S.T. for Kids events are include lots of fun and celebration! You can expect 2-3 hours of fishing, a delicious lunch and an awards celebration where your child will receive a personalized plaque. This is a day of fishing your child will never forget!
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2018 Event Recap
The morning dawned springtime warm at around 60 degrees on this Sunday in May, up in the north slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California. The sky was partly clouded with white and gray stratus and altocumulus, the kind of sky that makes one not only hope for, but indeed anticipate, a good day. The early vanguard of what would eventually number more than 100 volunteers was already setting up the infrastructure for the day and looking over assignment lists, all the while enjoying some steaming coffee and on-the-spot cooked egg and ham burritos. The sun had come up over the mountains to the east, and the smooth-surfaced Silverwood Lake shimmered sweetly under calm conditions. Indeed, it would be a good day.
Yes, the CAST (Catch a Special Thrill) for Kids at Silverwood Lake for 2018 was underway. There is a lot that goes on to make this event run smoothly and it takes a lot of people to make it happen right. The 21 volunteer boat captains arrived early, as they just naturally seem to like to do, and many of the boasts were already in the water awaiting the appearance of the pre-registered young anglers. Some of the 28 participating kids, ranging in age from teens to single digits, arrived early, as well, and the first boats started going out on the fishing expeditions around eight o’clock. This was the first time many of these kids had ever been on a boat and fishing experience, and for most of them it was really a big deal. Being out on the water in a beautiful mountain setting on a boat with an experienced fisherman accompanied by one or two members of his or her family, is a unique life experience, one that many will treasure forever. Heck, some of the kids even came back with a fish or two!
After a couple of hours on the lake the kids and their groups arrived back at the docks, divesting themselves of the provided yellow and orange safety life preserver vests and the fishing poles, ready for the full lunch awaiting them, which featured divinely grilled hamburgers and oversized hot dogs, along with tables laden with all the fixings. Seeing the happy kids and their families eating all this food on canopy-sheltered picnic tables on a warm Sunday afternoon created just such an idyllic scene. The needles on the aromatic pine trees glistened approvingly as the gentle afternoon breeze wafted over the scene!
After photos of happy faces were taken and a few announcements made, participation awards and plaques were handed out. Then the culminating “chance drawing” began. With prizes ranging from water bottles and t-shirts to dining gift certificates and even bicycles, all seemed perfect as prize after prize was awarded to lucky ticket holders.
The CAST events that annually occur around California have become popular and really provide a high-quality diversion for some very deserving kids. The one at Silverwood Lake is a real gem, and the one for 2019 now awaits!
2017 Event Recap
Cooler and cloudy weather than expected did not deter the 26 children of special needs who came out to the California department of Water Resources sponsored event on Lake Silverwood California on Saturday May 6, 2017. 18 spirited boater volunteers shuttled the children out onto the lake for a morning of fishing. Trout, largemouth bass, and bluegill weather for dominant species brought back in at the end of the morning. Each child was awarded a plaque, new rod and reel, and new tacklebox for their efforts. After a delicious lunch, and award ceremony followed where the children recognized for their efforts on the water. Thanks go out to all the wonderful volunteers who helped make this event and outstanding success year after year.
Read more about our 2017 event from the Delta Confluence here!
Thanks to our Event Sponsors
California Department of Water Resources, California Department of Fish and Game, California State Parks, Lancaster Masonic Lodge 437 F.&A.M., Lews Rod and Reels, Flambeau, Cadence fishing, Silverwood Lake, Starbucks, and Stater Bros, Big 5 Sporting goods, Silverwood Lake Marina, Perris Valley Bass Anglers, Sun Country Bass Masters, Perris Bassmasters. Lake Perris staff California Bass Contenders, Berkley, Tackle Warehouse, Best Bass Tournaments, Inland Regional Center, GATES Resources Network, Rolling Start Inc. and DSALA (Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles)