Kids' Fishing Day at Packer Lake



It's that time of year again! Time for Kids’ Fishing Day at Packer Lake on the Yuba River Ranger District. For the twenty-first year, children under the watchful eyes of their parents will gather at Packer Lake to test their angler skills and learn a few tricks from area fishermen.

This free fishing day for kids is scheduled July 21, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The entire family is encouraged to fish and learn about fishing at this exciting event. There will be plenty of fun hands-on nature activities for the kids. 

“This is a great time to take kids fishing and teach them a sport that will provide a lifetime of enjoyment,” says Lauren Hoyle, Assistant Wildlife Biologist for the Yuba River Ranger District. “There will be amphibians and reptiles to see and learn more about,” says Hoyle. This will be quite an educational opportunity.

Just before the event, California Fish & Wildlife will stock the lake with plenty of fish and 50 of those fish will have special tags. If one of the kids catches one of those tagged fish, they’ll win a free prize!

Fishing poles will be available to borrow for the event. Every kid that shows up will be entered into a raffle. And as an added attraction, kids can paint their very own “fish print” t-shirts and bandanas. Last year, the kids really enjoyed creating their own artwork from fish. There will also be games and presentations by wildlife experts and local anglers who know a trick or two about fishing at the lake.


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Anyone can fish at Kids’ Fishing Day. A fishing license is required for anyone 16 and over. Remember to bring your sunscreen, bug repellant and ice chest. No dogs or boats are allowed.

Partners of the Packer Lake Kids’ Fishing Day event include the U.S. Forest Service, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Sierra County Fish and Wildlife Commission.

So, if fishing is your passion, enjoy Kids’ Fishing Day at Packer Lake. The Tahoe National Forest has become a favorite recreation area for fishing. Tahoe National Forest receives more anglers every year than any other National Forest in the state. 

Snacks and drinks will be available at this popular event that draws families from all over the state.

If you’re interested in camping in the area, go to because campsites fill up quickly. For more information about Packer Lake Kids’ Fishing Day, call the Yuba River Ranger Dist. at (530)288-3231 or visit