Biggest Kids Fishing Day in Hensley Lake’s history

Published April 2, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District’s Hensley Lake near Madera is hosting its largest-ever free fishing event for kids April 11.

The park staff is expecting around 400 participants this year, with over 250 kids already signed up for the annual event that promotes outdoor activity and supports President Obama’s push to have America’s children connect with our amazing national landscape.

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 when they’re not standing on the shoreline. Here’s a rundown:


-   Lots of door prizes

-   Fishing games

-   Life jacket musical chairs

-   Face painting

-   Search and rescue dog demonstration

-   Temporary tattoo booth

-   Special appearance by Bobber The Water Safety Dog


Registration begins at 8 a.m. and fishing will continue until 11 a.m. Other activities will continue into the afternoon. Guests with their own equipment are encouraged to bring it. The park staff will hand out loaner poles, but supplies are limited. Kids 16 and over must have a valid fishing license.

Kids Fishing Day is free, but participants should bring a sack lunch if they plan to enjoy the afternoon events.

Pre-registration is preferred. Contact park ranger Art Barragan at 559-673-5151 or to sign up.

Luke Burns

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