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25th Annual Junior Fishing Derby This Saturday

The Sportsmen's Club Junior Fishing Derby has become a  annual family tradition in Susanville.
The Sportsmen’s Club Junior Fishing Derby has become a annual family tradition in Susanville.

One of Susanville’s best loved traditions, the annual Junior Fishing Derby along Paiute Creek and the Susan River, turns 25 years-old this Saturday as young anglers get a chance to catch the ‘big one’ a full week before streams in Northern California open for fishing.

Kids ages 2 to 15 are invited to come enjoy a beautiful morning of fishing, both in Memorial Park and along the river, at the Lassen Sportsmen’s Club sponsored event.

The busy morning starts at 5:00 with registration and check-in at the park. Don’t forget to dress warmly because mornings are still chilly along the river this time of year.

From 5:30 to 8:30 Susanville Supermarket IGA and Morning Glory Dairy will provide a free breakfast for children consisting of donuts, fruit, hot chocolate and juice.

Between 10:30 and 1:00 a lunch will be served by Frosty Mill, D&L Distributing, Rainbow Bread, Burger King, The Grocery Outlet and will be offered to all participants for free.  Adults may purchase breakfast or lunch for only $2.00.

Derby prizes will be awarded after the 3:00p.m. close of the event, winners don’t need to be present to win. Participants do need to be at the awards ceremony to win door prizes. Kids shooting for the ‘largest fish’ prizes must be in line for weigh-in by 3:00p.m.

Largest Fish Ages 2 to 5– First place bicycles donated by US Bank; second place, fishing rod and reel donated by Western Nevada Supply and third place, a tackle box donated by Larry’s Spirit Gas.

Largest Fish Ages 6 to 15– First place bicycles donated by Billington ACE Hardware; second place, fishing rod and reel donated by Western Nevada Supply and third place, a tackle box donated by Larry’s Spirit Gas.

Sportsmanship awards were donated by the Dieter Family and Bill Kauffman.

Additional donations and prizes are provided by Pete Talia Attorney at Law, Kathy Barker, Lassen Addressing, Walgreens, C&S Waste and the Sierra Theatre and Uptown Cinemas.

The fish were planted and and the following sponsors helped make the planting possible; Lassen County Fish and Game Commission; supervisors Jim Chapman, Larry Wosick and Aaron Albaugh; Susanville City Council; Susanville Indian Tribal Office and Diamond Mountain Casino; The Diamond Mountain Mini-Mart; C&S Waste Solutions and Western Nevada Supply.

There is plenty of room along the river for the young fisher folk to enjoy a relaxing morning.
There is plenty of room along the river for the young fisher folk to enjoy a relaxing morning and to catch a few of the big trout that populate the waters.
Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso
SusanvilleStuff.com Publisher/Editor
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