Members of the Kalamalka Fly Fishers Club and Go Fish B.C. stock the Polson Park Pond with 900 trout for the Kids Fishing Weekend Saturday and Sunday.

Members of the Kalamalka Fly Fishers Club and Go Fish B.C. stock the Polson Park Pond with 900 trout for the Kids Fishing Weekend Saturday and Sunday.

Fishing event gets kids and adults hooked

The Kids Fishing Weekend gets underway this Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Seeing the excitement of a child reel in their first catch is what it’s all about.

Giving kids a chance at the thrill of fishing is what keeps the Kalamalka Fly Fishers coming back to Polson Park every year to put on the Kids Fishing Weekend.

The free event gets underway this Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

“To see some little five or six year old catch his first fish and the look on his face,” said Bob Tait with the Kalamalka Fly Fishers Society.

While they enjoy giving something back to the community, the society is also eager to put something other than a cell phone or video game in the hands of future generations.

“Get them away from electronics,” said Tait.

The pond has been cleaned and stocked with 900 rainbow trout courtesy of Fresh Water Fisheries.

Children from four to 14 are invited to come try their hand at catching a limit of two trout per day.

“Last year we figure we had pretty close to 1,000 kids over the two days,” said Tait.

Rods and reels will be available for those who do not have their own.

Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.