Kids ages five to 15 are invited to reel in fish for trophies and prizes tomorrow at the 31st annual Kids Fishing Derby. Tradionally, 200 to 400 children participate in this free community event sponsored by the Canyon Lake Bassmasters Club.
The Kids Fishing Derby kicks off with registration between 6 and 8 a.m. at Holiday Harbor Park. Parents must register and sign a consent form in order for their child to participate in the Kids Fishing Derby. Worms will be handed out at registration while supplies last.
Kids can fish anywhere on the lake from the time they register until 11 a.m.
Fish weigh-in is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids who are not in the weigh-in line by 12 p.m. are not eligible for trophies and prizes.
No more than three fish per species may be weighed in. Try to keep all fish alive so that they may be released back into the water. Bass is not allowed. If your child catches a bass, they should release them back into the lake immediately.
Members of the Bassmasters Club will start serving lunch at 12 p.m. and continue until all the food is gone. The complimentary lunch is served on a first come, first served basis and consists of hot dogs, chips, water, soda and snow cones.
Awards will be handed out at 1 p.m. Trophies are awarded in different age groups (five to seven, eight to 11 and 12 to 15) plus one for “Big Fish” in each species and “Big Fish” for one boy and one girl.
As part of this annual event, each child will receive one ticket for a separate prize drawing that includes bicycles, fishing poles and other items. “Every child who participates will go home with a prize,” said Bassmasters Club Treasurer Jude Do
Tickets will be sold for a special opportunity drawing for a large Aqua Lilly Pad.
The Canyon Lake Bassmasters is a non-profit Organization. All donations are tax Deductible. To donate a prize or money contact Jude Donahue at 909-215-5005.
The Bassmasters Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Magnolia Room at the country club. Residents who like to fish and want to improve their skills in a low stress, friendly competitive environment are welcome to join. For more information about membership, call Terry Voss at 951-536-9341.