U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Lassen County Kids Celebrate Spring at Annual Fishing Derby
The thrill of hooking and landing trout and the chance to compete for prizes drew throngs of children and their families to the BLM's Hobo Camp Day Use Area near Susanville on Saturday, April 21, for the community's annual Junior Fishing Derby.
Organizers said more than 500 children ranging in age from 2 to 15 were treated to early season fishing (northeast California's stream fishing season opens April 28) on the Susan River and Paiute Creek in Susanville.
The annual event is organized by the Lassen Sportsmen's Club and supported by various organizations including the City of Susanville and Lassen County.
A special California Fish and Game regulation is in place just for the Junior Fishing Derby, allowing youth to fish in the Susan River and Paiute Creek a week prior to the stream fishing season opener in northeast California.
The fishing derby is about much more than catching trout, of course. At top, a young angler gets some help from Mom as she baits a hook. Lower photo, a boy and his dad prepare to land a fish.
As for the fishing, it was excellent as well, below.
Thanks to BLM Law Enforcement Ranger Darrin Von Helf for contributing photos.
- Jeff Fontana, Public Affairs Officer, BLM Northern California District (April 18, 2012)