Fishing for Smiles registration Saturday

Sign-ups set the stage for the June 3 event

The crowd at a previous Fishing for Smiles event at Dunton Fort Rock Ranch.

Photo courtesy of BILL SHILLING

The crowd at a previous Fishing for Smiles event at Dunton Fort Rock Ranch.

KINGMAN – If you or your kids want to get out and fish, but don’t have the time or tackle, a chance to jump on board is coming up.

Registration for Fishing for Smiles is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday during Kingman Regional Medical Center’s Kids Day at the KRMC Hualapai Mountain Campus, 3801 Santa Rosa Dr.

The Fishing for Smiles educational and recreational day of angling for kids 5-15 years of age will be 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 3 at Dunton Fort Rock Ranch, about 40 miles east of Kingman near the Fort Rock Road exit.

“We want to give kids and families who don’t otherwise have the opportunity to get outdoors and learn about fishing,” said Bill Shilling, co-organizer of the event, currently in its eleventh year. This will be the fifth year at the Dunton ranch.

“The Dunton family has been very gracious in hosting the whole thing,” Shilling said.

The event is co-sponsored by the Kingman Elks Lodge #468, KRMC, Mohave Sportsman Club, Arizona Game and Fish Department and with major funding by the Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation.

Kids are provided with a pole and bait courtesy of AZGFD, and get to fish for free and keep what they catch. Parents just need to arrange transportation.

The Elks Lodge cooks hamburgers and hot dogs. There are also drinks and prize giveaways. The event is free to the public and donations are not accepted.

“We usually have about 200 kids participate,” Shilling said.

A fishing day for special needs children will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, June 6 at the same location.

“There’s usually about 70 kids that come out,” he said. “That’s the most rewarding for me, personally.”

For more information call Bob Kay at 928-818-9500, Bill Shilling 928-279-9201 or Jerry Grimes at 928-727-5925.