Trout Fest returns to Hot Creek Hatchery

MAMMOTH LAKES — The first weekend of summer is around the corner – perfect timing for a road trip. Consider a drive up to Mammoth Lakes should you fancy such a road trip – especially if you want to spend a weekend fishing for trout (and other freshwater fish).

Hot Creek Hatchery at Mammoth Lakes hosts its annual Trout Fest, June 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Trout Fest is an educational fishing experience, offering youth and families the opportunity to learn the basics of trout fishing. Demonstrations will include lessons in catching, cleaning and cooking trout.

Attendees will also learn casting, dissection, fishing pole rigging, fly tying and knot tying.

All activities are free of charge. Equipment is provided for all who attend. Fishing activities at Trout Fest is for youth aged 15 and younger.

California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife identified Hot Creek Hatchery as “a historic site of trout production and a major supplier of trout for the excellent fishing in nearby lakes and streams.”

Points of interests near Hot Creek Hatchery include Owens River, Lake Crowley and Mammoth Mountain.

Festivities will be held at 121 Hot Creek Hatchery Road in Mammoth Lakes. Call 760-934-2664 or email troutfest@wildlife.ca.gov for more information.

Directions to the hatchery and Trout Fest event are available on DFW’s website.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife photo

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