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Past Events: Kid's Summer Challenge
California Pier Fishing!
June 10, 2006
An assortment of saltwater fish, including walleye perch, California scorpionfish, queenfish, yellowfin croakers and shovelnose guitarfish were caught during the event, and anglers earned their first passport stamps in the process. Some youngsters even caught their very first fish at this event, and were given certificates to recognize their accomplishment!
Volunteers from both the DFG's Fishing in the City program and United Anglers of Southern California (UASC) were on hand to provide free rod and reel loaners to all who needed them. "Gulp!" baits (donated by Berkley) and other fresh baits were also provided free of charge to all participants. The DFG's Senior Volunteers helped with handing out the rods and reels and getting the young anglers started, while representatives from the United Pier and Shore Anglers of California taught new anglers some techniques for catching their first fish.
Staff from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) were also there with lots of information about ethical fishing, and provided fishing assistance for newcomers. Program sponsor Alpen Optics provided great prizes to registered Summer Challenge anglers!
Next event - Mark your calendars for July 29, when you can join us for some High Sierra trout fishing in Mammoth Lakes. The Kid's Summer Challenge program has joined forces with the annual Children's Fishing Festival at Snow Creek Ponds, where specially planted rainbow trout will provide a real fishing treat! There will be lots of goodies and prizes for all involved. This event is being made possible through partnerships with the Mammoth Lakes Visitors Bureau and the Mammoth Lakes Sport Fishing Association.
The three Kid's Summer Challenge events being held this summer are all "sneak peak" preview events of the full California Fishing Passport program set to officially launch on January 1, 2007.