This weekend the Chambers County Lake will host their marquee event of the year. On Saturday morning, the lake will welcome approximately 200 kids for the eighth annual Children’s Catfish Rodeo.
Registration for the event begins at 7:00 am CST on Saturday morning for kids ages 4-12, and the event will last until noon.
Fishing will begin at 8:00 and will conclude at 11:00, at which time a hot dog lunch will be served.
The Children’s Catfish Rodeo has been a successful event since its inception, and reached an all time high more than 200 registered children last year. With the event growing each year, organizers are hoping to eclipse last year’s number on Saturday.
In preparation for the tournament, more than 1,000 pounds of catfish will be delivered to the lake on Thursday and placed in the area that will host the fishing tournament. Participants will be allowed to catch as many as they can before lunch, and can keep their catches.
The event features the free lunch, in addition to a free t-shirt and stringers for all the young anglers. Bait will be provided, and the other fishing items are available at the lake store. The lake will also host a number of characters, including Sponge Bob, along with kids’ games, a water slide and face painting. The boy scouts will also be on hand.
This event is first and foremost for kids to have a chance to fish, and they must have a part in catching the fish. Adults may assist, but the child must catch the fish. Participants are encouraged to bring their poles, but Lake Managers Lou and Bonnie Howell said that if a child has no pole, the lake would provide one. Event organizers stressed that parents may not fish for their kids. All regular rules and regulations of Chambers County Lake must be followed.
At the conclusion of the tournament, managers will allow adults with proper permits and licenses to catch any remaining catfish in the roped off area.
The Catfish Rodeo is free to all participants, which is made possible only through donations, which pay for the prizes, shirts, bait, and other fishing gear. It gives area children the chance to spend a day outside and learn about fishing as well as the county lake. It is always well attended, and is a special day for the kids.
Donations to the Eighth Annual Children’s Catfish Rodeo are tax deductible, and can be made by calling the Chamber County Lake at 864-8145