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Feature Article: Hooked on Fishing

Hooked on Fishing event coming to Chico June 1

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: May 29, 2019

CHICO — For the 32nd year in a row, the city of Chico will be welcoming kids to its annual “Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs!” free fishing day. It is one of the largest single-day children’s fishing events in the entire United States!

hooked_volunteersareVOLUNTEERS ARE WELCOME to help out the kids on June 1 — Free Fishing Day — during the “Hooked on Fishing — Not on Drugs” catfishing event at Horseshoe Lake in Bidwell Park in Chico.

Kids 15 and under are invited to come to Horseshoe Lake in Upper Bidwell Park from 7 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, June 1, for a chance at the 8,000 pounds of channel catfish that will be planted for the event.

Admission is free, and along with all tackle and bait, there will be instruction by volunteer fishing coaches. There is a limit of 1 fish per child and kids can even have their catfish cleaned for free.

Since this is a “kids only” lake, no fishing license is required for anglers under 16. Expert local anglers will be on hand as coaches. There will be plenty of rods and reels available to use free, but all are encouraged to bring their own. Bring your favorite “secret” catfish bait if you'd like, but please, no lead sinkers at Horseshoe Lake.

With all that help and all those fish, it will be the closest thing to a guaranteed “first fish” for the little ones. In addition, there will be a separate area for the littlest anglers, age 1 to 5! A great time is sure to be had by all!

To donate, volunteer, or for more information about the event, call (530) 891-4757, tour our website at or visit us on Facebook.

BOYS AND GIRLS have a very good chance of catching a catfish at Horseshoe Lake in Chico during the “Hooked on Fishing — Not on Drugs” kids fishing event coming up June 1.

hooked_fishingrodsFISHING RODS AND reels and bait will be provided for kids who don’t have their own, while fishing at Horseshoe Lake in Bidwell Park in Chico on June 1 during the “Hooked on Fishing  Not on Drugs” event.

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