At dawn Saturday the bait hit the water at the Regional Park pond in North Auburn as the 71st annual Placer Sportsmen Kids Fishing Derby got underway. Hundreds of kids 15 years old and under lined the lake as their parents helped them bait hooks and cast their lines into the water — hoping to catch a big one. Members of Placer Sportsmen, an organization that was founded in 1948, assisted by supplying bait and poles and giving advice on how to catch a fish. “The lake was stocked with about 1,100 trout weighing about one pound,” said Placer Sportsmen president Johnny Anaya. “We also stocked about 50 trophy fish weighing between five to seven pounds.”
Around 7:30 a.m. the first fish were brought in to be weighed. Total weight for the five fish limit won prizes along with largest fish. Local Parlor 59 Native Sons of the Golden West volunteers cleaned and bagging the fish in ice for the children. Placer Sportsmen provided free donuts and hot dogs for the children.
“I was out here when I was 10 years old fishing in this derby, for most of these kids it’s their first time fishing.” Anaya said. “Fishing is a great way for families to spend quality time.”