On the morning of Aug. 4, many young fishermen from across the parish will head out to Dutchtown to see if they can catch a few.

It’s summertime, and that means the fish are jumping.

On the morning of Aug. 4, many young fishermen from across the parish will head out to Dutchtown to see if they can catch a few.

That Saturday marks the arrival of the East Ascension Sportsman’s League 58th annual Kid’s Fishing Rodeo. As the case every year, the event will be held at Twin Lakes Park on Highway 74 in Geismar.

Last year, the rodeo didn’t happen until Sept. 20, nearly two months after it was originally scheduled.

The Dutchtown area was hammered by heavy rains for several days leading up to the rodeo. This made the conditions at Twin Lakes nonconductive to hosting an event.

The rodeo was cancelled and eventually moved to September. The EASL is hoping the weather will cooperate this year.

Parents do not have to be members of the EASL to have their children participate in this Saturday’s fishing rodeo.

The fishing rodeo will be open to all children between the ages of 2 and 14, and it’s free to enter. In fact, the young anglers will be treated to free food, and door prizes will also be given out to each fisherman.

There are a few rules participants much follow.

For one, the kids must bring a cane pole or a rod and reel, and their bait must be crickets, worms or any other live bait. No artificial baits will be allowed.

When it comes to parents, they are allowed to help their child bait their hook and/or cast the line, but the kid must hold the pole and bring in the fish on their own.

Parents are encouraged to bring folding chairs, live bait and a bucket to hold the fish their child catches throughout the course of the event. No matter how small some of the caught fish may be, they will all be counted and weighed at the conclusion of the event.

Though, only fish will be counted. Turtles and eels won’t.

Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, and fishing will commence from 7-9.

When the fishing is stopped at 9, the fish will be weighed and a judge will tally the results. Trophies will then be awarded for the biggest fish and most fish caught for each age category.

Children will be grouped by age and gender.

Not every child will get a trophy for the fishing competition, but no child will go home empty handed. As stated before, all participants will walk away with a door prize and free food.

For more information on the event, you can call Bettye Lambert at 571-4588, or you can check out the East Ascension Sportsman League’s website at www.easlonline.org.