Kid's Fishing Rodeo coming Aug. 1

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The East Ascension Sportsman’s League 55th Annual Kid’s Fishing Rodeo is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 1, weather permitting, at the Twin Lakes Park on Hwy 74 in Dutchtown.

This fishing rodeo is open to all children ages 2-14, and it is free of charge. Not only is the fishing competition free, but there will also be free food and door prizes for all the children participating.

In order to fish in the tournament, children must bring a cane pole or rod and reel, and they must fish with crickets, worms or other live bait. No artificial lures will be allowed.

Parents are allowed to help bait the hook and\or cast the line, but the kids must hold the pole and land the fish. Parents should bring folding chairs, live bait and a bucket to hold the fish each child catches.

All fish--no matter how small--will be counted and weighed (turtles and eels don’t count).

Registration for the fishing rodeo begins at 6:30 a.m. The fishing is from 7-9 a.m. Immediately afterward, the judges finish tallying the results, trophies will be awarded for the biggest fish and for the most fish caught in each category.

Children will be grouped by age and gender. While not every child can win a trophy for catching the most fish or for landing the biggest fish, every child will bring home a door prize, thanks to the many generous sponsors of this event.

 So, mark your calendars now so that you won’t miss out on this fun-filled family event, and be sure to spread the word among family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and anyone with children who might enjoy spending time in the great outdoors.

For additional information about the fishing rodeo, contact Bettye Lambert at 571-4588, or check the website for the East Ascension Sportsman’s League at www.easlonline.org.