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29th Annual Junior Fishing Derby Scheduled for April 21st

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

Mark your calendars for one of Susanville’s best loved traditions, the annual Junior Fishing Derby along Paiute Creek and the Susan River, where young anglers get a chance to catch the ‘big one’ 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 derby is co-sponsored by the City of Susanville, the County of Lassen and the SIR Tribal Indian Council.

This year’s derby is dedicated to the memory of long-time fishing derby supporter Billie Joe ‘BJ’ West Sr.

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. Registration and check-in end at 9:00a.m.

Derby prizes will be awarded after the 3:00p.m. close of the event, and winners don’t need to be present to win. Kids shooting for the ‘largest fish’ prizes should be off the river by 2:45p.m. and must be in line for weigh-in by 3:00p.m to qualify. Door prizes will be drawn at the same time and for these winners must be present.

This year kids in the 6 to 15 year-old age group have a chance to win bicycles from Billington ACE Hardware, a rod and reel from Western Nevada Supply or tackle boxes from Larry’s Spirit Gas.

For the 2 to 5 year-old fisher-folk prizes include bicycles from Tri-County Bank, rod and reel from Western Nevada Supply and tackle boxes from Larry’s Spirit Gas.

There will also be sportsmanship prizes sponsored by the Dieter family and Bill Kauffman.

To download, print and fill out a registration form before the derby click here. Registration forms are also available at Billington Ace Hardware, Larry’s Spirit Gas, The Frosty Mill, Susanville Supermarket and Diamond Mountain Mini Mart.

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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