Children with disabilities will have a chance to fish for big trout during a special fishing event planned for July 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Merwin Fish Hatchery, east of Woodland.
More than 100 children are expected for the 16th annual Merwin Special Kids Day, sponsored by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Pacific Power, GoPAW and PacifiCorp Energy.
Prior to the event, the department will plant the wheelchair-accessible hatchery waters with up to 3,000 trout ranging in size from 1-4 pounds. Volunteers serve as one-on-one fishing coaches, assisting youngsters throughout the day.
Rods, reels, tackle and T-shirts will be provided for the young anglers to use and keep. A free barbecue lunch will be served, followed by fish painting, a casting contest and other activities.
Participants should pre-register by June 30 by calling 800-899-4421.Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, firstname.lastname@example.org