The Sparks Rotary Club, the Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW) and the Sparks Parks and Recreation Department have once again teamed up to offer this special community event for ages 7 to 17. It is the one day out of the year the State of Nevada allows anyone, regardless of age, to fish without purchasing a license.
“Every year the event gets bigger and better,” said Michael Day, a Sparks Rotary member and event chairman.
Kids will enjoy a fun-filled morning of fishing along the south shore of the Marina from 7 to 11 a.m. Commemorative t-shirts and fishing poles will be distributed at the registration area until supplies run out. There will be fun games and face painting for all ages and a free barbecue lunch will begin at 9 a.m. with hot dogs, soda, ice cream and donuts for registered children.
Rotary members from Sparks and Reno, and staff from the Nevada Division of Wildlife will be on hand to assist those with little or no fishing experience. Fishing equipment will be available for children to use if they don't have their own. Parents must accompany their children to the event.
In addition to the Sparks Rotary Club, NDOW, and the City of Sparks Parks and Recreation, sponsors enable this free event to take place. Nevada Bighorn Unlimited and the Reno Rodeo Foundation are first-time sponsors this year providing generous cash donations. Mark Fore and Strike Sporting Goods and Model Dairy have been sponsors since the event began, and are returning again providing the stocked fish and ice cream, respectively. Other sponsors can be found on the Sparks Rotary Club's Web site at www.sparksrotary.org.