Registration for this year’s Fish Day activities begins at 8:30 Saturday morning near the Bonaparte Lake Campground fishing pier. The campground is located about 30 miles east of Tonasket, Washington. Official fishing derby hours are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The event is geared toward kids 14 years old and younger. The kids will fish from the dock for “keeper sized” rainbow trout donated just for this event.
In addition to taking home fish they catch, participants will receive fishing related items donated by businesses, individuals and organizations.
“This is a fun, family oriented event made possible by the Oroville Sportsmen’s Club, and other donors. One goal of the sponsors is for young anglers to learn what fun fishing can be while having a great day out with their families,” said Dale Olson, Tonasket District Ranger.
“Educational stations are part of the festivities,” said Olson. “One of the stations will be an Aquatic Insect station; participants will explore the lake shore and find out what fish like to eat. There will also be a fish identification station where kids will have the opportunity to view most of the different fish species available to them in the county lakes and the Okanogan County Sherriff Boat will be there for kids to learn about boater safety.”
The weather can change quickly at Bonaparte Lake, so everyone is encouraged to dress in layers and come prepared for fun rain or shine. Lunch will be provided free to all kids, courtesy of the Oroville Sportsmen’s Club. Volunteers will be available to help kids land their fish and will clean the fish, too!
Bring your families, your fishing rods, chairs, sense of adventure and join us for a day of fishing fun at Bonaparte Lake!
For more information about the fishing day celebration, please contact Tonasket Ranger District at 509-486-2186.