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Cachuma Lake hosting free kids' fishing workshop Saturday, July 15

BY BLAKE WARREN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jul 13, 2017

Catfish, crappie the top current targets

SANTA BARBARA — Coming off the heels of the Fourth of July holiday, the Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake will be hosting a free kids' fishing workshop this coming Saturday, July 15 from 8:45 a.m. until noon. The program is limited to the first 50 kids and parents to register for the event, which interested parents can sign up for by emailing Julie McDonald at the Nature Center at julie@clnaturecenter.org, or by calling the Nature Center at (805) 693-0691.


KNOT TYING IS a big part of the free fishing workshop for kids being held this coming Saturday, July 15.

The program will involve splitting the youngsters into small groups which will circulate through various stations that will include teaching the basics on knot-tying, casting, trout fishing, rigging up for both panfish and bass, along with some key tips on saltwater fishing to boot, all taught and presented by local expert anglers. Tackle and gear will be on-hand for the event, but anglers are encouraged to bring their own if possible. The program is designed for kids 7 years and older and there is a $10 County Park admission fee per vehicle.

In the meantime, a series of early-summer heat waves have made things a little challenging for anglers thus far into the hot season. Still, the catfish bite is starting to gather some steam in the back of Cachuma Bay and around the reeds in Harvey’s Cove – garlic-scented nightcrawlers and cut mackerel are the most current hot cat baits. Crappie are also showing pretty decently and displaying a preference for green and yellow jigs or small grubs.

Bass fishing is fair with a few of the bigger models taking cranks and suspending jerkbaits, otherwise it’s been plastics on drop-shots and Texas rigs getting the most play. Not much word coming in on the trout front with this recent long bout of heat rolling through the region, but the warm weather hasn’t bothered the carp, which are abundant in the shallows.

teachingyoungstersTEACHING YOUNGSTERS ABOUT the basics of fish ecology gives them the necessary foundation for a lifetime of fishing fun.

saltwaterfishingSALTWATER FISHING WILL also be a topic of discussion and teaching at the free kids' fishing workshop at Cachuma Lake's Neal Taylor Nature Center.