KINGMAN - The Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468, in tandem with the Yellow Pine Ranch and Arizona Game and Fish, will hold its annual "Fishing for Smiles" event from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 12.
This is the second year in a row the event will be held at the Yellow Pine Ranch, which lies about six-and-a-half miles south of I-40 off of Blake Ranch Road. According to coordinator Bill Shilling, the event is meant as a fun-filled fishing trip for area youth under 18 years old and their parents.
"We stock the lake with about 1,000 pounds of live catfish," Shilling said. "You keep what you catch, we fillet it, and each kid gets a rod and reel to take home."
This year will also include a fishing day for veterans and people with special needs on Wednesday, June 16. Shilling noted that unlike last year, the lake at Yellow Pine Ranch now has a floating dock to allow for wheelchair accessibility.
"Before, the bank of the lake you just couldn't get to from a wheelchair," Shilling said.
Bait and equipment will be provided to attendees, as well as lunch and drinks. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair, as well as a hat and sunscreen.
Those interested in participating in either fishing day must first register by Saturday, June 5. Registration is being accepted at the Arizona Game and Fish office at 5325 Stockton Hill Road, State Farm Insurance at 2425 Hualapai Mountain Road, and Outdoorsman RV at 3140 Airway Ave. The Elks will also hold a registration day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kingman K-mart, 3340 E. Andy Devine Ave.
For more information on this year's event, call Shilling at (928) 279-9201 or Bob Kay at (928) 718-9500, or visit www.fishingforsmiles.com.