In focus: Lions Club provides fishing fun for kids at Fort Borst Pond


The Centralia Lions Club held its annual youth fishing derby at Fort Borst Park in Centralia on Saturday, April 27.

The  derby lasted from about 8 a.m. until noon.

Children ages 3 to 15 signed up for prize drawings. Volunteers provided participants with free hot dogs and milk.

The annual derby coincided with the lowland lakes season opener in Washington. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks millions of trout in lakes throughout the year, and opening day marks the first time people can fish many of those lakes for the catchable trout planted every winter and spring. Opening day lakes are often stocked shortly before the start of their six-month season. Anglers can visit to see which lakes have been stocked in recent weeks and can sort by county or waterbody to find a nearby stocked lake.