The second of three Kids Steelhead Days on the Skykomish is coming up Saturday, July 6, and this one will feature a trout pond.
“We hope to see an equal turn out if not a bit greater than the 67 kids last event,” says Matthew Kennedy of Sky Valley Anglers about June’s inaugural kids day.
The bank on the north side of the river from the Reiter Ponds outlet downstream several hundred feet will again be set aside for anglers from 5 to 14 years old from 6 a.m. to noon to try their hand at hooking summer-runs.
Kids do need a license and catch card, but those are available at dealers for free.
While there should be more steelhead around than earlier this month, when Ava Kinder landed the sole catch of the day, adding the trout pond should increase the success and fun for everyone.
It’s being provided by Sky Valley Trout Unlimited.
Kennedy’s organization will also hold a salmon and steelhead seminar, and he says that one of the goals is to “educate parents who are not active fisherman to not be afraid to take the kids fishing more often by teaching them rigging techniques and appropriate setups, etc.”
Reiter Ponds (45300 Reiter Road) is located off Highway 2 east of Gold Bar. Take Reiter Road for 2.5 miles and turn right onto a narrow paved road that leads to a long parking area, then walk down past the ponds to the river.
This season’s three kids days (Aug. 3 is the final one) are cohosted by the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club.
They are sponsored in part by tackle shops such as Three Rivers Marine in Woodinville, Ted’s Sports in Lynnwood and Triangle Bait in Snohomish, as well as Beau Mac, Gibbs Delta, Ray’s Baits, John’s Jigs, Pure Fishing, Element Outdoors, Dead Lead, Conti’s Custom Rods, Seaguar and Holy Moly Outdoors.
“Our goal is if even one kid takes a interest and becomes a fisherman or a biologist and makes a career out of it, our mission was a success,” says Kennedy. “After all, they are the future and we depend on them to carry on our legacy and keep fish in our rivers for future generations.”
To register contact him at (206) 876-0224 and email@example.com.