Kaw Lake event focuses on fishing

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

KAW CITY — Kids Focus on Fishing — an event for children ages 5 to 12 — will be held May 7 at the Pioneer Cove on Kaw Lake.

Organized by the Kaw Lake Association, Kids Focus on Fishing is co-sponsored by Eastman National Bank, The Bass Federation, Kay Electric Co-operative, Centerline and Kaw City. A $5 pre-registration entry paid by April 21, entitles all children to a free T-shirt and a hot dog lunch. After the deadline passes, the cost for registering is $7.

Kids Focus on Fishing has been “very popular” for the past few years, according to the president of the Kaw Lake Association, Natascha Holloway. Last time it was held, around 150 children participated, she said.

“We added an educational component to teach the children about fishing — and we’re continuing that this year,” Holloway said.

Persons can pre-register by completing the form available at the Kaw Lake Association office, Kaw City Hall or Eastman National Bank locations in Ponca City and Newkirk. Check-in is Saturday morning, May 7, from 8-9 a.m. and mini-seminars will follow from 9-10 am. The brief programs are on water safety, casting safety and fish identification. Kids will be allowed to fish from the Pioneer Cove bank from 10 until 11:30 a.m., when prizes are to be awarded.

Each child is assigned to a team and every time he or she catches a fish, they will report it to their team leader. Members of the team catching the most fish receive a prize donated by The Bass Federation.

KLA Executive Director Kathy Tippin said team sponsors are still being sought. Sponsorships cost $100, plus a bucket of minnows. The event also welcomes volunteers, she added.

“If you own a business and would like to sponsor a team, please call the Kaw Lake Association,” Tippin said.

For more information, contact the Association at 580-762-9494 in Ponca City or 877-671-6985. You also can go to the Association’s website: www.kawlake.com On Facebook, look under Kaw Lake Association.

Kaw Lake Association is one of 11 multi-county organizations which works with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association. The group’s mission is to promote tourism (the state’s third-largest industry) and provide economic development for north-central Oklahoma and south-central Kansas.