LOS ANGELES — On a recent Saturday the Dan Hernandez Youth Foundation held its annual free kids fishing event at MacArthur Park in downtown L.A., where the foundation held its first free kids fishing event 12 years ago.
“The fishing was pretty good for the most part, and lots of kids caught fish and for most of the children it was their first time ever going fishing,” said Hernandez. “We had over 200 kids and their families at the event. Fish and Game and Fishing in the City program loaned over 150 rods for all the first time anglers. The only thing I enjoy more than handing a huge calico bass is helping kids catch their very first fish.”
All the kids were less than 16 years of age, that’s our age limit to take park in this and all our free kids fishing events. Fish were hooked on mealworms or cut mackerel with a marshmallow. The bait was free for the kids to use and the worms were donated to us by Rainbow Worms in Compton. Also at the event to help the kids was former Dodger Lee Lacy.
“When fishing was over, we fed everyone free hot dogs and soft drinks and then we held a raffle for the kids. We gave away 15 rod and reel combos so the kids could come back and fish this lake anytime they wish,” said Hernandez.
For over 15 years this lake didn’t have any fish in it, then the Youth Foundation started stocking it for the annual events. “Now I’m glad to say the state stocks it every month,” said Hernandez, who grew up in Montebello and learned to fish at a local city lake. ”It makes me happy every time I drive past MacArthur Park on Wilshire to see people at the lake fishing.”
DAN HERNANDEZ and volunteers helped the kids bait hooks and cast to fish and land them, at the fishing day at the park in L.A.