Courtesy of Spc. Paul Bruton
Children take part in a past Kids Fishing Day at Hensley Lake. This year’s day will be April 22.
Mid-Valley Bass Club plans to host Kids Fishing Day at Hensley Lake for children 15 years and under on April 22, according to Paul Bruton of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“This event is designed to spark an interest in fishing and water safety for the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts,” Bruton said. “Fishing experts will be on hand to teach kids the basics of baiting, casting and reeling in a big one.”
Activities will include a bean bag toss, lifejacket musical chairs, face painting, temporary tattoos, giant “Water Safety” block stacking and more. A professional DJ will play music and Bobber the Water Safety Dog will make an appearance. Bait, loaner fishing rods and a free barbecued hot dog lunch will be provided by Mid-Valley Bass Club with free door prizes for registered participants.
Guests with their own fishing poles are encouraged to bring them. Park staff will hand out loaner fishing poles, but supplies will be limited. Individuals 16 years old or older must have a valid fishing license.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Hidden View Recreation Area upper boat ramp parking lot. Fishing will run until 11:30 a.m. and the festivities will continue into the afternoon.
Fourth grade children with an authorized Every Kid in the Park voucher can exchange it for a plastic EKiP Pass. This 12-month pass authorizes fourth graders and their family to visit hundreds of federal parks nationwide for free.
To pre-register, contact Park Ranger Miranda Peters, 673-5151.