A netted area will provide an expected 1,500 kids the opportunity to catch a trout brought from the Mason Valley hatchery.
The Sparks Rotary, in cooperation with NDOW, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, the Reno Rodeo Foundation and the local Safari Club International, is sponsoring the Kids Free Fishing Day at the Sparks Marina from 7 to 11 a.m.
All children will receive a free T-shirt and fishing pole. In addition, the event will include fun booths along with representatives from the Sparks Fire Department, Sparks Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard. Thousands of dollars worth of prizes and fishing gear also will be handed out.
The event runs in conjunction with Free Fishing Day across the state and a similar event will be held at Idlewild Park in Reno on Saturday.
“The fishing is free, the food and drinks are free. There will be free ice cream and free face painting,” Chris Vasey, conservation educator with the NDOW, said in a press release. “It’s just a nice way to get the family out there fishing together.”
Now in its 10th year, the free fishing event has grown in both size and popularity.
“Our goal in doing this community event is to ensure the kids have a good time,” longtime Sparks Rotarian and event chair Charlie Arciniega said in a press release.
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The event will be held on the south shore of Sparks Marina located at 300 Howard Drive.
NDOW is holding several events across the state during Free Fishing Day. Learn more about these events at the department’s website at www.ndow.org.