The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will again head to the Eastern Sierra to help support the annual Mammoth Lakes Kids Fishing Festival to be held on Saturday, July 27 in beautiful Mammoth Lakes. Now in its 26th year, this popular family summertime event is sure to again draw hundreds of young anglers and parents from throughout the state for a day of fantastic fishing.

Children 14 years and younger are invited to fish the well-stocked Snowcreek trout ponds for trophy-sized fish and receive CDFW’s California Fishing Passports and Passport Stamps to recognize their fishing accomplishments. CDFW staff will provide loaner fishing rods, reels and tackle to every child who needs them and will teach the best casting techniques to use. Each child may catch and take home one fish and volunteers will be on hand at a fish cleaning station to help everyone who would like to take their fish home ready to cook.

For a glimpse of some big trout swimming in their natural environment, check out the “Living Stream” exhibit provided by Hot Creek Hatchery. Kids will receive free junior fishing licenses at this event and everyone will be able to learn more about California’s hatcheries and all of the fish they produce and stock in California’s many lakes, streams and rivers.

In addition to all of this, professional fishing guides are volunteering their time and expertise to help kids throughout the day learn both spin and fly fishing techniques, and how to catch fish! Attendees can also learn about proper fish handling, the aquatic insects that fish eat, knot tying, outdoor ethics and California’s fishing rules and regulations. Aside from fishing, the kids may also want to make their own fish print shirts and everyone will be eligible to win a variety of prizes provided by the festival’s sponsors.

The Mammoth Kids Fishing Festival runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Snowcreek Ponds located on Old Mammoth Lakes Road in downtown Mammoth Lakes. Please join us for this event that is sure to be fun for the whole family and will likely inspire even the youngest kids to become new anglers! For more information, please go to

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

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