Catch Kids Fishing Derby tomorrow!


A young angler shows her prize catch. Photo by Donna Ritchie.

Hundreds of young anglers will be fishing around the lake on Saturday hoping to catch the “big one” in the 32nd annual Kids Fishing Derby. Kids ages five to 15 are invited to participate in this free event hosted by the Canyon Lake Bassmasters Club.

Registration is from 6 to 8 a.m. at Holiday Harbor Park. Parents must register and sign a consent form in order for their child to participate. Worms will be provided at registration while supplies last.

Participants may fish from the time they register until 11 a.m. Kids must be in line to weigh-in by 12 p.m.

Each participant will receive a complimentary lunch and a prize drawing ticket. Lunch will be served after the weigh-in, followed by award presentations and prize drawing.

Trophies will be awarded in three different age groups, five to seven, eight to 11 and 12 to 15. Awards also will be present for “Big Fish” in each species and “Big Fish” for a boy and a girl.

As part of the annual event, each participant will automatically receive one ticket for a special prize drawing that includes more than 100 prizes. A few lucky kids will win bicycles. Traditionally, each participant receives a prize. The Bassmasters Club purchased more than $4,000 in prizes to ensure that each child receives a prize again this year.

The schedule is as follows:

Registration: 6 to 8 a.m.

Fishing Time: 6 to 11 a.m.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Worms will be handed out at registration while supplies last.

Fishing may be done anywhere on or around the lake.

Fish weigh-in: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Weigh-in will start at 11 a.m. Participants must be in weigh-in line no later than 12 p.m.

Food Served: 12 p.m.

A free hot dog lunch will be served at noon and continue until food is gone.

Awards and Prize Drawing: 1 p.m.

Awards will be presented at 1 p.m., followed by the prize drawing and raffle.


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