Klineline Kids Fishing Day 2016
Over a two day period each year in April, 8,000-10,000 people gather at Salmon Creek Park/Klineline Pond in Vancouver to help children experience fishing, playing outside, and learning about water safety and Earth’s natural resources.
This fishing event began with 1,210 kids in 2000, as a program of Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) and Go Play Outside Alliance of Washington (GoPAW). Funds were cut in 2010 and the 2011 event was threatened with closure, when a group of volunteers gathered together to make it happen. Klineline Kids Fishing Nonprofit became a 501c3 in late 2011. In 2012, the group served 2,400 kids, double the amount from 12 years prior. No child was turned away. This event has become a family tradition, and the number of participants grows each year. Other kids fishing events, by other names and hosted by other organizations have been held at this location every year, for the last 30 years.
Klineline Kids Fishing gives children age 5-14 the opportunity to experience the thrill of catching a fish with a fisherman mentor, along with educational sessions held by WDFW, Clark Public Utilities, Columbia Springs, that help children learn more about our natural resources and the outdoors. The event even offers a unique day of fishing for both children and adults with special needs. Each participant receives and event t-shirt and a fishing rod and reel to keep. Prizes are awarded for the largest and smallest fish caught in each time slot. Drawings are announced throughout both days for goodie bags, tackle boxes and bicycles.
Registration is required for this event, and is now open online at www.klineline-kf.org. The cost to participate is $5 per person. Scholarships are available. This year’s dates are April 8-9, 2016, with fishing times between 8 am and 3:45 pm.
In 2012, Klineline Kids Fishing received a “Spirit of Clark County” Award. Learn more about this award here:
Contributed by Klineline Kids Fishing.