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Kid's Fishing Day

JUNE 2th, 2012. Pre-Registration is encouraged

"Big fish, little fish, red fish, blue fish." It doesn't really matter, the smile is the same when a child lands his or her first, second or third fish. The first Saturday in June, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and The Friends of Quivira offer the Kids' Fishing Day, with an hour of hands on learning, followed by fishing at the Kid's Fishing Pond. The event is for children 14 years old and younger. Volunteers provide 15-minute lessons about casting, knot tying, fish identification and safety. Members from Sandhill Bass Club provide live fish for kids to touch and view for identification purposes. The catfish is always a popular exhibit. From the Visitors Center, participants make their way to the Kids' Fishing Pond, just a short drive away, where the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has stocked the pond with plenty of catfish.


  • Age group 14 years old and younger
  • 15-minute lessons on casting, knot tying, safety, and fish identification
  • Fishing poles and bait provided
  • Staff and volunteers at the ready to "de-hook" fish
  • Barbecue hamburger, hot dog lunch provided
  • Door prize drawings
  • Participation is FREE

To register for the event, call the
Refuge at 620.486.2393 or email  Please include the child's name, age, and town of residence.

The pond is also home to blue gill, sun fish, bass and turtles. Fishing poles and bait are provided, with Refuge staff and volunteers ready to help take hooked fish "off the hook", provide more bait and lessons in how to handle the fish. Children may take their fish to the weigh station, where volunteers help weigh and measure the fish, which is recorded on a certificate. At noon, the Friends of Quivira provide a hamburger and hot dog barbecue with the works, followed by door prize drawings offish gear and savings bonds provided by area merchants and Stafford County banks. Advance registration is requested for this event so each child has an information packet available. To pre-register, call the Refuge at 620-486-2393 or email with the child's name, age, and town of residence.