The 20th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo Day, which started with the Pledge of Allegiance, is sponsored by Pickens County Sportsman Club and Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This years event happened the weekend of June 5, 2010 and is a 3-day event-people with special needs were able to fish on Thursday, Senior Citizens on Friday and the Kids Fishing Rodeo on Saturday. Saturday there were lots of kids with their family and friends, participating in the ‘kids only’ fishing for trout. This event is to teach kids the sport of trout fishing by letting them, not their parents or another adult, fish and enjoy themselves (and did they ever).
This event was started 20 years ago and happens each year with lots of help from businesses and individuals right here in Pickens County. Here are a few to Thank for their contributions, donations and time –
4H Club of Jasper, Rick Jasperse, The Joy House, Mayor John Weaver, The City of Jasper and Chief of Police, Harold Cantrell. Ingles and Kroger for their chips and drinks, Lonnie Waters for the continued use of his tent and the Hinton Fire Department for the use of their chairs. The Boy Scouts of Woodstock came and helped screen off the creek. Citco, at the corner of Cove Road and Burnt Mountain Hwy, donated ice every day. The Bargain Barn donated rods and reels for the people with special needs and the Senior Citizens. There were also individuals who donated their time on Wednesday to clean up the area by mowing and getting the banks ready for fishing. These un-named individuals need a big Thank You also!
The Pickens County Sportsman Club and the Department of Natural Resources needs a big Thank You also. Without their continued support of this event each year, we wouldn’t have it so please, take a minute to Thank these people and the businesses for their time.
The event is held at Cove Creek, right on Cove Road and is considered city property. You cannot fish without a fishing license. On Wednesday, with the screening put up to make different pools, the creek was stocked with over 2000 trout, to make fishing a little easier for the little ones…
The event is to let the kids learn first hand about the sport of fishing for trout, so that this kind of enjoyment can grow with the kids. The idea was to Let The Kids Fish and there was a limit of 8 fish per kid and I am sure each one was able to reach this limit.
The only bad thing that happened was about 10:30 or 10:45am, there came such a downpour of rain that the area cleared out! When I drove past Cove Creek about 12:30pm there were only a few vehicles still there…I’m sure these vehicles held the adults who were going to be able to fish from 2pm on. The kids were to fish from 9am to 2pm and at 2pm, the screens were going to come down and it was going to be fishing for the adults…with an 8 fish limit for them also.
Here are some pictures of the event. Maybe you or a loved one or friend made it to the Kids Fishing Rodeo Day on Saturday and enjoyed the fishing. If you see a picture that you would like, email me at [email protected] and I’ll be happy to email it to you.
Here are some pictures from the event.