This fishing event began with 1210 kids in 2000, as a program of Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) and Go Play Outside Alliance of Washington (GoPAW). Funds were cut in 2010 and the 2011 event was threatened with closure, when a group of volunteers gathered together to make it happen. Klineline Kids Fishing Nonprofit became a 501c3 in late 2011. In 2012 we served 2400 kids. No child was turned away. This event is wildly popular, growing every year, and we anticipate 3200 kids in the near future. (Note: Other kids fishing events, by other names and hosted by other organizations have been held at this location every year, for the last 30 years.)
Klineline Kids Fishing gives children the opportunity to experience the thrill of catching a fish and educational sessions, held by WDFW, Clark Public Utilities, Columbia Springs, and others, help children learn more about our natural resources and the outdoors.
We think our fishing event impacts the lives of the children we serve. We see it in their happy faces; we hear from children and parents that return a second year. We see success in increased numbers of children that participate each year, and in the people who volunteer and contribute in some way to make this community event a success. In fact, some of our members have been volunteering here for the last 30 years! In 2012 we were honored to receive a “Spirit of Clark County” Award. You can view it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFjOBK2J3v0 Our segment is between 3:20 and 5:00 minutes on the video.