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Be The Good on Folsom Lake April 23

By kncitom on April 7, 2023
CAST For Kids participant Eli at 2022’s event, just looking for a bite

As a rabid fisherman here in Northern California, I am about to lose my mind. I haven’t been out with my boat in over a month because it seems like every single weekend we’ve had either wind, rain, snow, hail or graupel. Sometimes all at the same time. 

But good things come to those who wait, and I believe the wait is going to be worth it.

Our reservoirs this year are all going to be full or at near capacity this summer. That, of course, includes Folsom lake where, on April 23rd, there is going to be a fishing event that is the best I’ve ever participated in.

It’s called C.A.S.T. For Kids, and pairs up special needs children and their families (and/or caretakers) with fishermen (and women!) for a morning of fishing. 

C.A.S.T. stands for “Catch a Special Thrill”, and that holds true for both parties. Founded in 1991, the non-profit organization gives children with disabilities a chance to get out on the water and experience the joy of nature, with the added bonus of possibly hooking into a nice fish or two.

I participated for the first time last year. I had no idea what to expect but the event was extremely well-organized, and limited only by the number of boaters present and able to take kids out. I took out a young man named Eli and his family and, while the fish weren’t cooperating that morning, we still had a great time and returned to Brown’s Ravine for a delicious barbecue afterward.

SO…if you are a fisherman (or, again, woman) and you’re available on Sunday, April 23rd, you want to go fishing? As alluded to above, the number of participating children in this event is really only limited by the number of people willing to take them out. As of April 8, there are 23 kids expected to participate, but fewer than ten boats. We need you! Family/caregivers go along, so all you have to do is focus on fishing and maximizing the child’s experience. It’s a truly wonderful, rewarding event and I can’t recommend it enough.

You can find out more via the C.A.S.T. For Kids website (click here) or contact John Hennecke Jr at 916-792-3871. You can also email him at 

Let’s go fishin’ out on Folsom and Be The Good!


(photos: Tom Mailey)


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