(Kaw Lake, OK, April 18, 2011)  Kids Focus on Fishing for children ages five to 12 will be held Saturday, May 7 at Pioneer Cove on Kaw Lake.  This free event, organized by the Kaw Lake Association, takes the place of the Crappie Kids Rodeo held the past three years.
“Although we’re not hosting the Crappie USA Tournament this year, we believe the Kids Rodeo was so popular we want to continue that type of event,” said Jim Anderson, president of the Kaw Lake Association.  “In addition we wanted to add an educational component to teach the children about fishing.”
Members of the Corps of Engineers, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and Ponca City Bass Club will be assisting with the educational programs.
Pre-registration is available by completing the form available at the Kaw Lake Association office, Eastman National Bank, and City of Kaw City offices.  Those pre-registering by Monday, April 25 will receive a free t-shirt compliments of Eastman, City of Kaw City and the Kaw Lake Association.  Check-in will be Saturday morning, May 7 from 8-9 am followed by mini-seminars from 9-10 am.  The brief seminars include water safety, casting safety, knot tying, fish identification and fish cleaning.  Kids will be allowed to fish from the Pioneer Cove bank from 10-11:30 am.  Prizes will be awarded at 11:30 am.
In addition to these activities, younger siblings will have activities compliments of Camp McFadden.  These will be similar to children’s games at school carnivals, according to Mickey Schmith, Camp McFadden manager. 
Others who have helped with this event include The Bass Federation, ConocoPhillips and DMF Bait.
For information contact the Kaw Lake Association at 580-762-9494 (Ponca City) or 877-671-6985.
The mission of the Kaw Lake Association is to promote tourism and economic development of north-central Oklahoma and south-central Kansas.  It. 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.