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Posted 4/20/2016

Release no. 16-012

Luke Burns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District’s H.V. Eastman Lake near Madera will host a free day of fishing April 23 for kids 15 and under.

The event and barbecue lunch is free thanks to a partnership with Mid Valley Bass Club, who donates their time and prizes for the annual event.

Kids fishing day is designed to spark an interest in fishing and water safety for the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. Fishing experts will be on hand to teach kids the basics of baiting, casting and reeling in the big one. There will be several events to keep the fun going such as:

-   Fishing games

-   Face painting

-   Professional DJ

-   Temporary tattoo booth

-   Special appearance by Bobber The Water Safety Dog

-   Lots of door prizes

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Chowchilla Recreation Area, and fishing will run until 11:30 a.m. while festivities continue into the afternoon. Guests with their own equipment are encouraged to bring it. The park staff will hand out loaner fishing poles, but supplies are limited. Individuals 16 years old or over must have a valid fishing license.

Fourth grade children can use this opportunity to pick up an America the Beautiful, Every Kid in a Park 12-month pass, which authorizes fourth graders and their family to visit hundreds of federal parks nationwide for free. The program is part of President Barack Obama’s push to have the country’s children connect with our amazing national landscape.

Pre-registration is preferred. Contact park ranger Ken Myers at 559-689-3255 or to sign up.

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