Skip to main content

2023 Kids Fishing Day

May contain: advertisement, poster, child, female, girl, person, face, head, photography, portrait, fishing, leisure activities, outdoors, water, animal, fish, and sea life

The 2023 Kids Free Fishing Day is measuring up to the hype from previous years of excellent fishing to open the season for fishing at Paradise Lake. Check out all the pictures below of great catches from the kiddos that head out to the lake to catch the stocked fish that were granted from the Butte County Fish & Game Commission. 



Who: Children under the age of 15 years old, families, community supporters

What: A good old fashioned tradition passed down from generation to generation - A FISHING DERBY! With prizes, raffles, community sponsors, activities for the non-anglers, plenty of HOT DOGS from our pals with the Klampers, and a full-to-the-brim Paradise Lake to take in. 

Where: Paradise Lake, Magalia CA 

When: Saturday, April 22nd from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm

  • PLEASE respect the starting times to ensure a fair derby for all. A fog horn will sound marking the beginning of the derby sharply at 6:00 am.

Why: Since PRPD accepted stewardship of Paradise Lake from Paradise Irrigation District in 2019, the annual fishing derby that was once held at Aquatic Park has seen nearly 1,000 participants! Thanks to the hard work of PRPD staff members Jeff Dailey, Lori McCoslin, Willie Davidson, and the rest of the crew, over 10,000 lbs of fish have been stocked for the fishing derbies. If you think those big numbers are cool - the Klampers have served over 1,500 hot dogs in the same time span! The positive memories that staff, the events sponsors, and the community help our youth create are at the heart of what we strive for at PRPD. 

How: Arrive at Paradise Lake between the hours of 6:00 am and 2:00 pm. Find a space on the banks of the 4.0 mile trail that lines the eastern banks of the lake. Cast your bait into the lake and reel in your fish! If you catch a monster, bring your fish to the Picnic and Trailhead side of the lake to have it measured and entered in the competition for largest catch. If you are on the Boatlaunch 1 & 2 side of the lake, you can find one of the PRPD staff and they can measure and call it in over the radio. 


Want to Volunteer?

This years 2023 free kids fishing day is looking for volunteer help to launch another year off with success. We will need help with set up/clean up, fishing knowledge, reel set up, photos, fish contest, consession booth, and anything esle that may need an extra hand. Be ready for anything!

Date: April 22, 2023

Time: 5:30am - 2:30pm. Volunteers do not have to stay the whole time, but please make note when signing up on how many hours you can volunteer. 

Location: Paradise Lake. Main picnic area off Lucretia road. Directions to location

CALL US - Note: our volunteer coordinator is on leave at the moment, alternative staff from the front office will eagerly connect you with event organizers so that you can help us all enjoy this wonderful day.