“We loved it so much! It was a huge blessing to receive the equipment and the boat captains were so patient and motivated to teach the kids a new skill. My son loved fishing and felt real special receiving the plaque, he hung it up on his wall as soon as we got home! More events like this are needed!”


“Awesome program that helped my daughter realize what she could do, helped us as parents see what she could do, helped the volunteers see what she could do, helped those watching see what she could do. Profound success.”

This is a C.A.S.T. for Kids event designed to provide children with disabilities, ages 5 – 18, 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!

CAST Covid-19 Event Policy and Procedures

The CAST for Kids Foundation will be holding all 2020 events in compliance with CDC, National, State and local guidelines for Covid-19.  We will be following these guidelines for the safety, health and well-being of our participants, families, volunteers and staff.  If we can hold an event according to state guidelines, as states phase in their re-opening, we will. However, our events may look different than they have in the past. Lunch and awards may be broken into separate groups to enhance social distancing. At a minimum, we will be implementing 6’ social distancing guidelines and the use of protective measures like masks and hand sanitizers.  We are confident we have figured out how to provide a safe, relaxing, fun environment for everyone to enjoy at CAST for Kids events in 2020! However, it will be impossible to guarantee the safety of all CAST participants and volunteers. Please consider each of your individual risks associated with the Covid-19 pandemic when making your decision to attend any CAST event.

Event Location

Emigrant Lake
Medford, Oregon (map)

Event Contacts

Event Coordinator
Jay Yelas

Video From A Memorable C.A.S.T. for Kids Moment

Event Photos

Event Itinerary

Our C.A.S.T. for Kids events 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!

Thanks To Our Event Sponsors

Willie Boats, Arthur Dubs Foundation, Middle Rogue Steelheaders, Ashland Lions Club, Motel 6, Advocare, Keno Lions Club, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Lews, Cadence Fishing, Flambeau

Read About Past Events

2019 Event Recap

The third annual Emigrant Lake CAST for Kids was a great time for everyone in attendance!  A full field of 40 kids got to enjoy some good fishing thanks to the 25 volunteer boat captains that attended.  Thanks to the employees of Willie Boats for once again turning out in large numbers with their boats in tow to take the kids fishing. We appreciate all the tremendous support from the local community.  The kids caught a wide variety of warm water fish, and a few trout as well.  The Ashland and Keno Lions Clubs cooked a great lunch for everyone once again!  It was a great day of fun for everyone, and the kids all went home feeling like valued members of their community.

2018 Event Recap

Our second annual CAST for Kids event on Emigrant Lake was a huge success on July 14, 2018.  40 participants and their families enjoyed a fabulous morning of fishing with many different species of fish being caught including: crappie, smallmouth, largemouth, trout, yellow perch, bluegill and catfish.  The community really supported the event, as a dozen shore volunteers and 31 boat captains volunteered their Saturday morning to take the kids and their families fishing, and everyone had a great time.  The Ashland and Keno Lions Club teamed up to once again cook lunch for everybody.  It was a beautiful, sunny summer day!

2017 Event Recap

A beautiful summer day greeted the 34 participants and their families.  A trout farm stocked 2000 trout the morning of the event, but very few were caught due to the 75 degree water. Lots of warm water fish were caught.  This first time event was a thrill for all.  Willie Boats sponsored the event, and many of their employees came out as volunteer boaters and shore volunteers.