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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 8, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Lots of fishing fun for kids and families happening in Southwest Washington

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There is a wealth of events happening on Free Fishing Weekend (June 9-10) and some others later this month to promote some fun filled kid’s free fishing activities in Southwest Washington.

The Mount St. Helens Ranger District Kids Fishing Derby is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday (June 9) at the day-use area in Ariel Park at Merwin Lake.

The lake will be planted with 1,500 large-sized trout in a netted section. There will be fishing rods available for kids to use on loan, worms for bait and volunteers to show kids how to fish, plus a free lunch.

Other activities include a parade and storytelling inside a 40-foot long inflatable salmon, face painting, make your own volcano, aqua-aquarium, boater safety, Gyotaku-Japanese fish printing on T-shirts and make your own pin-on button. No preregistration is required. For details, call 360-449-7800.

The Cowlitz Valley Ranger District fish day is 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday (June 9) at the Cowlitz Falls day-use area. Approximately 200 kids participate in this annually event.

Fisheries and environmental education activities for the Cowlitz Valley fish day event include fish printing, an educational display, knot tying, casting demonstration, passport question activity, a compost worm box, beading activity and Smokey Bear will be in attendance. There will be fishing poles for loan. Fish cleaning is provided. For details, call 360-497-1100.

This weekend is also Get Outdoors Day, and to celebrate the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will provide a free fishing day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday (June 9) at Fort Vancouver.

The fishing is part of Vancouver’s GO Day, an event meant to help families learn more about how to enjoy the outdoors. Activities include learning about the history of the area in two historic encampments, trying disc golf, archery, outdoor cooking and wall climbing. For details, call 360-891-5007.

For those who can’t make it this weekend, the Mount Adams Ranger District has a fishing event for families with kids age 13-and-under 9 a.m. to noon on June 16 at the Guler-Mt. Adams County Park in Trout Lake.

Bring a white T-shirt for the fish printing or gyotaku activity. All fishing gear and bait is provided, plus fun and games, and a fish fry, hot dogs and soda. For details, call 509-395-3400.

(Photo courtesy of The Seattle Times archive)

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