CALIFORNIA - Free Fishing Days twice each year
On Free Fishing days, Californians can fish any freshwater lakes without a fishing license. All other regulations apply.
Kids fishing events - here are postings with specific dates
Los Angeles / Orange County
*Subject to change
Bay Area / South Bay
April 30 - May 1, 2016 Eastern Sierra Trout Season Opener Bishop and Mammoth
May 28, 2016 (Tentative) Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Watsonville Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day is a totally free event open to the public. The focus is to get kids interested and involved in the many outdoor activities available right in our own back yards. 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.
May 28, 2016 (tentative) Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs Bidwell Park, ChicoAbout Kids Fishing Derbies
They have them Oakland, Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Diego. All up and down the coast (and inland lakes, too) there are fishing derbies that lure parents and children to experience the exciting "tap, tap" of the line, a notice that you've caught something and it may be time to reel it in. The big surprise is finding out what you've caught.
Fishing is as old as the hills and isn't just entertainment, it's the lifeblood of many peoples and cultures where the see, rivers and lakes have sustained hungry hunters and anglers for thousands of years. But in modern society, fishing is primarily entertainment for youth first introduced to the sport around the age of six and up. Derbies provide mentoring and instruction from adults, and if the kids like it, the events create life-long passions for a sport that brings appreciation, entertainment, and food!
Annual Fishing Derbies
Kern River Valley - Wofford Heights, California Kid's Fishing Derby
Kid's Fishing Derby is a free event with many prizes for winners in various categories. Sponsored by Fish & Game Habitat Club of Kern River Valley.
Bradley - Ron "The Bear" McKibben Memorial 17th Annual Oak Shores Kids Fishing Derby
Open to kids age 3 to 17, the fishing event is sponsored by: Oak Shores Community, and charges a fee
Friant Trout Fest
Free event at San Joaquin Hatchery, 17372 Brook Trout Dr., Friant, CA, and Moccasin Creek Hatchery ~ dfg.ca.gov
Gridley Kids Fishing Derby
The annual kids fishing derby, co-sponsored by the Gridley Recreation Department, Butte County Fish and Game Commission, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, and the Chico Bass Club at Gray Lodge is free at fishing pond off Parking Lot #4, located off of Pennington Rd. behind the Gray Lodge office.
Julian Kids Fishing Derby
15027 Hwy 79
Kid's Fishing Derby will take place on beautiful Lake Cuyamaca, located at 4600 feet, near Julian CA. The lake will be stocked with fish prior to the event. The event is free for all under 15 years old. Children will have a chance to win prizes, such as rods, reels, and fishing trips in the free drawing. Kids can also enjoy face painting by clowns. A free lunch prepared by the San Diego Anglers. The free trout derby was started back in 1998 to help introduce more children to the sport of fishing.
Mammoth Lakes Kids Fishing Derby
Mammoth Lakes Kid's Fishing Festival - Annual Kid's Fishing Festival at the Snowcreek Ponds. Kids 13 and under can catch an Alpers Trout! Event T-shirts available and lots of prizes. Free! Donations accepted. Mono Council for the Arts Sponsors monoarts.org
Riverside Family Fishing Derby
6-10 a.m. at Fairmount Park, Riverside, CA. Register through Riverside Parks & Recreation department riversideca.gov
Long Beach - Annual Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation Fishing Swap
251 North Marina Drive
Long Beach, CA danskids.org
Capitola - Begonia Festival Fishing Derby
Capitola Wharf, begoniafestival.com
Open to all ages. Final Tally begins at 11 a.m. Sponsored by Capitola Self Storage. Free Shuttle runs
BASS LAKE - Bass Lake Derby in May
ISABELLA LAKE - Isabella Lake Fishing Derby in March
MARINA DEL REY - Marina del Rey Halibut Derby in May
BIG BEAR LAKE - Big Bear Lake's Fishin' for $50K Trout Derby in June bigbear.com
SANTA CRUZ - Santa Cruz Sandcrab Classic Perch Derby in March
LAKE ELSINORE - Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby. Children must be
accompanied by an adult. Prizes is awarded to top fish catchers.
LOS ANGELES - Kids Fishing Derby in MacArthur Park.
OAKLAND - Lake Chabot Reservoir the 315-acre Lake Chabot is stocked with trout and catfish. There are also bass, crappie, and other fish. A popular event is the annual spring fishing derby. There are several fishing piers in the park.ebparks.org
STOCKTON - San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation and the Delta Fly Fishers Annual Catfish Derby. Kids age 15 years and younger fish FREE at Oak Grove's 10-acre lake during the event.
SANTA BARBARA - Neal Taylor Fish Derby at Cachuma Lake troutderby.org
POWAY - Lake Poway Kids' Fishing Derby