EASTMAN LAKE, California – Despite the ‘pineapple express’ that brought widespread rain across much of the state, over 30 children and their families participated in the annual Kids Fishing Day event held at Eastman Lake on April 7.
While some children brought their own fishing rods, others were provided loaner fishing rods, and there was plenty of bait and lures donated by event sponsors.
Men and women experienced in casting and fishing techniques were on-hand to assist young anglers, helping them learn basic fishing skills such as tying hooks, proper casting techniques and patience – an important skill every angler needs.
For those fishing, Eastman Lake had been stocked with fish by the Department of Fish and Wildlife specifically for the Kids Fishing Day event.
The youth and adults attending the event but not interested in trying their hand at rainy day fishing, were able to participate in many other activities, including prize drawings, face painting, a casting contest, and dancing to music provided by our favorite returning DJ – Kenny Allen – who once again volunteered his time and services for the event.
Thanks to the Mid-Valley Bass Club, young anglers and their families enjoyed a free barbecue of hot dogs. After lunch, participants had the opportunity to win several door prizes donated by Mid-Valley Bass Club and their partners. Prizes included 11 bikes, several fishing poles, sporting equipment, and numerous other prizes.
Carrie Richardson is the Park Manager of USACE’s H.V. Eastman Lake, located about halfway between Merced and Madera.