From California Sportsman correspondent Steve Carson:
For Immediate Publication
CHICO’S “HOOKED ON FISHING” EVENT May 31, 2014
To kick off National Fishing Week, the city of Chico will be welcoming kids to an outstanding
free “Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs”** event. It is one of the largest single-day children’s fishing
events in the entire United States!
Kids 14 and under are invited to come to Horseshoe Lake in Upper Bidwell Park from 7:00
AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 31, for a chance at the 8,000 pounds of channel catfish that will be
planted for the event. Admission is FREE, along with all tackle, bait and instruction [limit 1 fish per
child]. Kids can even have their catfish cleaned for free.
Since this is a “kids only” lake, no fishing license is required for anglers under 16. Expert local
anglers will be on hand as coaches. There will be a separate area for the littlest anglers, age 1 to 5.
There will be plenty of rods and reels available to use free, but all are encouraged to bring their
own. Bring your favorite “secret” catfish bait, but please, no lead sinkers at Horseshoe Lake.
With all that help and all those fish, it will be the closest thing to a guaranteed “first fish” for
the little ones. To donate, volunteer, or for more information, call 530-891-4757. A great time is sure
** “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” is a program of the American Sportfishing Association
To all Butte County Media:
This is the largest youth sporting event of any kind in Butte County. Previous years events have
drawn well over 4,000 kids, plus an estimated 2,000 adults. It definitely merits coverage on
the “stocking” day [Friday, May 30] and the event day [Saturday, May 31]. Stocking will take place
between noon and 1:00 PM on Friday, and the peak crowds are usually between 9:00 and 10:00 on
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