BLM California News.bytes 
News.bytes Extra, issue 528

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.

                People with fishing poles stand on or near a bridge, some people stand in the water
Children fish from, under and next to the Bizz Johnson Trail bridge at Hobo Camp in hopes of landing a trout  that might qualify for a derby prize.

The annual event is organized by the Lassen Sportsmen's Club and supported by various organizations including the City of Susanville and Lassen County.

Young people stand on a river bank with fishing poles 
Young anglers crowd the bank along the Susan River.

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.

A boy is helped bait his fishing hook

Children fish with their parents on or near a bridge

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.

Three images of youths holding up the fish they caught on lines. Text reads, "Participants landed some sport-sized trout planted especially for the Junior Derby."

Thanks to BLM Law Enforcement Ranger Darrin Von Helf for contributing photos.

- Jeff Fontana, Public Affairs Officer, BLM Northern California District (April 18, 2012)

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