Eastern Sierras to host Kids Fishing Festival

MAMMOTH LAKES — Youth anglers will descend upon the waters of Snow Creek Ponds at Mammoth Lakes to participate in the 30th annual Kids Fishing Festival, held in the Eastern Sierra locale, July 29.

Lake officials are expected to stock local waters with trophy trout from Desert Springs Trout Farm. The event is free to children 14 and younger; festivities start at 8 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. Rods and reels will be provided, though attendees are welcome to bring their own gear.

The festival offers attendees fly tying lessons, free fish cleaning, casting lessons and trout dissection instruction.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff will be on hand to talk about the state’s Passport Program and Fishing in the City initiative, while also providing information about junior fishing licenses.

Attendees will also be able to paint trout onto t-shirts and learn about marine life at the entomology booth.

Fishing guides from Aguabonita FlyFishing Club will be on hand to offer fishing instruction and guidance.

The local Lions Club will provide free coffee and donuts, while Cocos Locos will be offering snow cones and tacos for lunch.

Old fire engines will be on display by the Mammoth Fire Department.

Sponsors of the Kids Fishing Festival include Friends of Rollo, Berkley/Pure Fishing, Mono County Fishing Commission, Trout Unlimited and California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, among others.

Contact event coordinator Gaye Mueller at 760-937-2942 or easternsierraartist@gmail.com for more information.

Kids Fishing Festival photo

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