CASTAIC — Friends of Castaic staged its second annual Tom Stout Memorial kids event on Saturday, May 5 that narrowly avoided high winds the day of event. The DFG planted 1,200 pounds of trout, and then the winds came the day before and through the night and just before the 415 young boys and girls arrived.
Fortunately they died down. Volunteers from the nonprofit Friends of Castaic arrived Saturday morning around 6 a.m. to see they had a little clean-up to do, and by 7 a.m. the winds had reduced and changed direction to southwest.
After a short delay, the event went off perfectly. The young anglers started off their day with a nice breakfast of bake goods donated by Costco. After they had their breakfast, the young anglers visited the Friends of Castaic Lake booth where they received a tackle box with a copy of Western Outdoor News and a jar of Pautzke’s trout bait placed inside. The next stop was the Sport Chalet booth where the youngsters spun a prize wheel, and stuffed their tackle boxes with lures and other great prizes. As the young anglers made their way down to the shore to fish, they stopped once again to spin The Friends of Castaic Lake prize wheel and stuff their tackle boxes with Eagle Claw hooks, Yum Bait, and t-shirts.
The smiles on the young kid’s faces were going to be there for a long time. As they reached the shore and got their line in the water, it wasn’t long before every rod bent over. Limits of fish made their way up the to the cleaning station.
Prizes were doled out, and in fact, the only interruption to the kids fishing was the many announcements of raffle drawings. Fishing rod/reel combo sets, Plano Tackle bags, WON subscription, and the many outdoor items from Sport Chalet all made their way into anglers’ hands. By 10 a.m. the Friends of Castaic Lake fired up their grill and cooked a nice hot dog lunch for all the kids and parents.
A TOTAL OF 415 children and their parents took part in the annual event at Castaic Lake.