Fishing and winning prizes…what a fun way for kids to spend a Saturday!

Kaw Lake Association is hoping a lot of children agree as they prepare for “Kids Focus on Fishing” on May 7 at Pioneer Cove on Kaw Lake, just east of Kaw City.

The free event organized by the Kaw Lake Association is taking the place of the Crappie Kids Rodeo held the past three years, said Jim Anderson, president of the Kaw Lake Association.

“Although we’re not hosting the Crappie USA Tournament this year, we believe the Kids Rodeo was so popular that we want to continue with that type of event,” he said.

Children ages 5-12 are invited to participate in the event which is sponsored by Eastman National Bank, the city of Kaw City, and the Kaw Lake Assn.

“This year we have a new feature, mini-workshops or seminars to teach fish identification, knot tying, water safety, casting safety and more. The Ponca City Bass Club, the Corps of Engineers and the Oklahoma Wildlife Department will be helping with the workshops.”

At the same time there will be separate age appropriate activities for younger siblings conducted by Mickey Schmith and members of the Camp McFadden board, Anderson said.

Pre-registration is available by completing the form available at the Kaw Lake Assn. office, 3517 Lake Rd., Ponca City; Eastman National Bank locations in Newkirk and Ponca City; and Kaw City Hall. Check-in is Saturday morning from 8-9 followed by mini-seminars from 9-10. Fishing runs from 10-11:30 at Pioneer Cove with prizes awarded at 11:30.

Other sponsors include The Bass Federation, ConocoPhillips and DMF Bait.

“We appreciate Eastman National Bank, the city of Kaw City and the other sponsors helping us with Kids Focus on Fishing,” said Kathy Tippin, executive director of the Kaw Lake Assn.

For more information, contact the Kaw Lake Assn. at 580.762.9494 (Ponca City) or 877.671.6985. Or visit

Green Country Marketing Assn. is one of 11 multi-county organizations that work with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, the Oklahoma Travel Industry Assn. and the other 10 multi-county associations to promote the state tourism industry. Kaw Lake Assn. is a member of Green Country and is one of the 11 multi-county organizations.