Host a Kids'
You've come to the right place! We can provide you with most everything you need to host the event you want.
We're partnered with Bass Pro Fishing to help you host the best event you can. You can purchase fish, buy or rent a tank made specifically for kids, and we can assist you with your applications as well.
Below you'll find information included on our pamphlet and more. We'll help you however we can!
If you have questions or need help, don't hesitate to call or email us, we're happy to help.
- Where can you get fish?
We have Health Certified Fish in different sizes that we can provide for your event.
We have different sizes and will work with your schedule to deliver the fish to your event.
- What type of fish will be the most active with your water temperature?
- Rainbow Trout: 62-64°F
- Bluegill Hybrid: 65-75°F
- Channel Catfish: 82-88°F
If your water temperature will change throughout the day, it’s a good idea to mix and match the fish you have in your tank.
- How many fish should you have in your tank?
How many fish per 1,000 gallons of water?
- Rainbow Trout: 150-200
- Bluegill Hybrid: 300-400
- Channel Catfish: 150-170
Please make sure that you have adequate water and oxygen for your fish. It’s a good idea to have some larger fish to keep things interesting for the kids.
- What will you do with your fish after the event?
When you fill out your permit application, you’ll be able to choose what to do with your fish after your event.
Some options are:
- Stocking your fish in a local fishing pond.
- Putting your fish in an aquarium (or several aquariums) for display.
- Keeping your fish in quarantine tanks until your next event.
- How can you keep your fish safe?
Install an Oxygen Aerator Pump or a Compressed Oxygen Bottle a few hours before you move the fish into your tank.
Fish need at least 5 PPM (Parts Per Million) of dissolved oxygen in the water of their tanks.
- Can you use tap water?
If you fill your tank with tap water, make sure to pre-treat the water with a liquid water conditioner, or “stress-coat”, before adding your fish. This removes chemicals from the tap water that are harmful to your fish.
- Remember to bend your hook barbs flat.
- Don’t squeeze the fish when removing the hook.
- Don’t kick the side of your tank. This can stress the fish.
- Don’t do everything by yourself; make sure you have enough help.
- Advertise! Get the word out about your event.
Studies show that most people who fish on a regular basis were introduced to the sport by or before the age of 12.
Remember, you’re never too old to learn!
- Getting a Permit
Please contact your state’s Fish & Game Department and ask for a “Kids’ Fishing Event” application form.
This may be called a “Private Fish Permit” depending on your state.
Fill out and submit the application to your state’s Fish & Game Department.
Please plan to allow adequate time for approval of your application.
Depending on your state, this may take up to several days to be approved.
If you need Fish and Farm Health Certifications for your permit application, you can find them on the menu to the left, posted under "Certifications". If you need help with your application, please contact us by phone or email.
Common questions from kids and how to answer them:
Q: How do fish breathe?
A: Fish have gills that breathe in the oxygen from the water.
Q: Where do fish come from?
A: Most fish come from eggs.
Q: How do fish stay warm?
A: Fish are cold-blooded, which means their body changes from hot
to cold as the water does.
Q: How do fish keep from sinking?
A: Most fish have something called a “swim bladder”, which is like a balloon.
Teaching kids to fish:
- Keep fishing equipment simple
- Use live bait to catch fish
- Use a fishing bobber
- Keep the first session short
- Keep them warm and dry
- Talk to them and answer any fishing questions they may have.
We recommend the fish below for a kids' fishing event. We sell them as individual fish and in bulk.
Please contact us for further pricing and sizing information. What is listed is general information which fluctuates throughout the year. We also offer tanks for your events, available to purchase or to rent.
The tanks can be shipped directly to you for a $76.00 Shipping Fee.
Easiest fish for kids to catch. You can catch and release these Hybrid Bluegills several times. These fish have larger mouths than a typical Bluegill, they eat a lot and grow fast. Their fastest growth spurt is from ages ...