Fishing Outing Set for March 20-21

fishing2Once again, our pack has been invited by the Izaak Walton League to attend their annual fishing seminar and camp-out at Irvine Lake. For those that have not attended, this is a very short, overnight camping trip on a Friday evening, with a fishing seminar early the next morning.  Scouts will learn the basics about fishing and the environment, provided bait, and then set loose to fish.  They are almost guaranteed to catch a fish as they stock the area the night before the event.  No fishing experience is needed.  The cost of the event is FREE for Scouts, and only $5 per adult.  Only scouts may fish, and adult partners may assist.  No previous fishing experience is needed.  Here are the details:


Friday, March 20: Campers can arrive any time after 6PM. [At the gate, mention you are with the Ikes Fishing Seminar for Scouts]
Bring your own Picnic Dinners
Informal campfire that evening
Leader Cracker Barrel

Saturday, March 21: Bring your own quick  breakfast at 6:00AM
Seminar and fishing from 6:30AM – 12:30PM at the Lagoon.
Lunch (provided) at 12:30
Depart after lunch

Note that fishing in the Lagoon (which will be stocked the day before) is for scouts ONLY. Adults can fish in the lake for a daily fee, (or help your own son for free).  Volunteers from the Ikes will provide some tackle (bait, hooks, etc) if needed.  They will also show the scouts how to cast, and assist with tying fishing knots.

What to bring for camping:

Tent (the smaller the tent, the warmer you will be.  Expect overnight temps in the mid 40’s).
Ground cloth/tarp for under tent.
Sleeping bags / blanket /pillow
Warm clothing (but remember this is just one night).
Flashlights / lanterns if available
Picnic Dinner for Friday night
Quick breakfast for Saturday morning. (ie Danish/donuts and juice.)
Frisbee / other entertainment for Friday afternoon

What to bring for fishing:

Class B Shirt
Fishing pole with line
Sunblock and hat
Tackle (hooks, weight, pliers, etc if available)
Bucket (and other gear if available)
Sunblock and hat

What NOT to bring:

Electronic games
Too much stuff! (this is a very short overnighter).

How to get there:

57 Fwy South to 91 Fwy East to 55 Fwy South
Exit Chapman, head East. Chapman turns into Santiago Canyon Road.
About 8-10 miles from Fwy to Irvine Lake.


Please signup by Saturday, March 7th.  Remember – only Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and adults on this trip; no non-scout siblings. Signup here:


Note, if you do not have any fishing equipment, you can purchase a very inexpensive but effective rod and reel at either Big 5 or Fisherman’s Access on Imperial Hwy.  Families may also have extra to loan out.  Please feel free to contact me if any questions.  This should be another fun outing!