"Kids' Fish-In" reels in families for another year
YAKIMA, Wash. – The 11th annual "Kids' Fish-In" brought in around 1,000 children to Sarg Hubbard Park Saturday to teach them a new outdoor sport and keep them engaged in a positive activity.
Organizers placed 5,000 rainbow trout inside the pond at the park for the event. Admission is $7 and includes a t-shirt and fishing pole for kids ages five to 14. Most of the expenses are covered by corporate sponsorships.
The Mid-Columbia Walleye Club helps to organize the event along with the Yakima Greenway Foundation.
Mike Nugent coordinates the "Fish-In" for the club and works with many different agencies to put on the event each year. He says families will only take home about 10 percent of the fish in the pond.
"It doesn't matter whether you catch fish or not," said Nugent. "Sitting on the bank and just enjoying yourself, you know, that's what it's all about."
Since the program started more than 10 years ago, organizers estimate that about 8,000 kids have participated in the "Fish-In" all together. Planning for the event starts months in advance and you can register as early as the Sportsmen Show in February.
Nugent says families can keep coming back to the park to fish for at least another month because many of the trout they dropped into the pond will still be there.