Upcoming Kids Free Fishing Events in June

June is a great time to grab a fishing pole and head outside!  Gifford Pinchot National Forest and local partners will host FREE fishing events for kids and families on June 8.  Fishing rods and tackle may be available for kids to borrow and volunteers will be on hand to show kids how to fish.  No need to sign up in advance- just show up!

Saturday, June 8, 9am to 1pm: Mount St. Helens Kids’ Fishing Derby

The Mount St. Helens Kids’ Fishing Derby will be held at the day use area in Merwin Park east of Woodland.  This fun filled event has 1,500 large rainbow trout in a netted-off section of Lake Merwin waiting to be caught by kids.  There will be loaner rods available for kids to use, worms for bait, and volunteers to show kids how to fish.  Fish cleaning will be provided.  Activities include a parade, storytelling inside a 40 foot long inflatable salmon, face painting, aqua-aquarium, boater safety, Gyotaku-Japanese fish printing on t-shirts, and button-making.  Call 360-449-7800 for more information.  Everything is free, including snacks!

Saturday, June 8, 9am to 1pm: Lewis County Kids’ Fishing Derby

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is a proud co-sponsor of the Lewis County Public Utilities District Kids’ Fishing Derby.  Located at Lake Scanewa in East Lewis County, this kids fishing event has been encouraging new anglers over 25 years.  Kids can fish for trout and win prizes, learn how to clean fish, find out about fish biology, and participate in a number of games and fish printing.  Fish cleaning will be available.  For more information, call Lewis County PUD at (360) 740-2449.

Saturday, June 8, 10am to 2pm: Kids’ Fishing on Mt. Adams Ranger District

Kids can learn how to fish at Mt. Adams Ranger District on Kids’ Fishing Day.  This year volunteers will be at Goose Lake handing out fishing poles to kids and teaching them how to fish.  Staff will also be handing out rigged fishing poles and bait to kids under 15 in front of the Trout Lake Ranger Station between 10am and 2pm, or until supplies run out.  For more information, contact the District Office at (509) 395-3400. 

June 8-9 is Free Fishing Weekend in Washington State when fishing licenses are not required of anyone to fish in Washington. 

Kids age 14 and under can fish year-round without a fishing license, but teens and adults aged 15 and older must have a Washington State fishing license on their person while fishing and all state fishing regulations must be followed.  Washington freshwater sport fishing rules can be viewed at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington.