Kids Fishing Rodeo set for tomorrow

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The East Ascension Sportsman's League (EASL) is holding its fifty-third annual Kids Fishing Rodeo on Saturday, Aug. 3 at Twin Lakes Park in Dutchtown (where Hwy. 74 crosses I-10).

The event is free to all kids ages 2-14. Everyone is invited, and parents do not have to be EASL members for their kids to fish.

"We are planning for at least 150 kids to participate this year and encourage families in Ascension parish to join us for great outdoor fun," said Ryan Shilling, chairman of this year's fishing rodeo.

Registration starts at 6:30 a.m., and fishing is from 7 to 9 a.m. EASL will serve free hot dogs, kool-aid and jambalaya during the weigh-in while the judges tally the results. Trophies will be awarded immediately after the tally of results. For more information, go to www.easlonline.org.

The fishing rodeo gives outdoor prizes, including four bicycles and features several age-groups and prize categories, so even the "little ones" can win.

Kids must bring their own rod and reel or cane pole and must use live bait (crickets, worms, etc.). No artificial lures allowed. EASL will have some crickets available that morning. Kids are allowed to fish with only one rod and reel or cane pole. Parents may help bait the hook and cast, but the kids must land the fish. Young anglers should keep all fish that are caught, no matter how small (sorry, no turtles or eels). Families should bring a bucket for the fish, a couple of chairs and we also recommend bringing a small ice chest with water for use during rodeo hours. Children must never be left unattended.

The East Ascension Sportsman's League is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving and properly managing our natural resources for future generations.