Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery
Pacific Region

Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week

Photo collage of kids having a wonderful time at the Fishing Kids event at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery - Photos: USFWS
Photos of kids having fun at the kids fishing event at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery.

Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery hosted its annual Kids Fishing Event on Saturday, June1, 2013. This event happens every year on the first Saturday in June.

This free event was an enormous success. The happy smiling faces on kids, adults, and volunteers express the real purpose and meaning of the day. We know that getting kids out to fish and enjoy the great outdoors is important. We hope that this event provides experiences that encourage a life long love for playing outside and a sense of stewardship.


All kids check in at the registration table, participate in three edu-tainment stations, then fish for two rainbow trout. Volunteers help guide kids through every step, including casting, catching a fish, and cleaning your fish. Cascade Discovery has concessions available for hungry families.

Event reminders:

  • You must Register using the link to Friends of Northwest Hatcheries above.
  • Kids should be between the ages of 4 and 14. This is a kids fishing event, so let the kids do the casting and reeling in. You should be prepared to supervise your children, but not fish for them.
  • We have rods and reels available to borrow or you can bring your own.
  • We provide bait. Please do not bring lures, spinners, treble hooks, or other special gear.
  • If you need equipment, such as hooks, bobbers, weights, or other small gear, please visit the bait station where they will provide those items free of charge.
  • A bag and ice will be provided for taking your fish home after it has been cleaned. You may want to bring a small cooler or container to get the fish home from the event. If you wish to donate your cleaned fish, you may do so by leaving it at the cleaning station. There will be no catch and release at this event.

You may become a sponsor by contacting Dave Graybill at fishboy@nwi.net (509) 663-5186.You may become a volunteer by contacting at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery (509) 548-2921.

Thank you to the following partners: Go Play Outside Alliance of Washington (GoPAW), FishingMagician.com, Friends of Northwest Hatcheries, Wenatchee Sportsmen's Association, Icicle Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Central Washington Bass Club, Wenatchee Valley Fly Fishers, and Intermountain AmeriCorps.


Chinook Salmon - Photo: USFWS
Chinook Salmon
Coho Salmon- Photo: NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Coho Salmon
NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Steelhead Trout - Photo: USFWS
Steelhead Trout
Rainbow Trout - Photo: USFWS
Rainbow Trout
Pacific Lamprey - Photo: USFWS
Pacific Lamprey
Bull Trout - Photo: USFWS
Bull Trout
Aquatic Invasive Species Zebra Mussels - Photo: USGS
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Zebra Mussels
Last updated: December 3, 2013
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