Chestnut Ridge Park would like to thank March Westin for their generosity in sponsoring this annual event. The Rodeo is scheduled for Saturday, April 30th from 10a - 2p. Parking will be limited, and carpooling is advised. Children will be split into three age groups: 3-6, 7-10, and 11-15. Three prizes will be awarded in each age category: largest fish caught, smallest fish caught, and most fish caught. We will have "My First Fish" certificates available for those who have never caught a fish before and would like to have a photo with said fish, certificate, and grinning angler.
We encourage parents, guardians, and participants to focus on the goals of the rodeo which are to:> Provide fishing opportunities and fishing experience in a safe, controlled, environment.> Teach basic angling skills.> Help children to develop a stewardship ethic.> Offer a positive fishing experience which fosters future interest in fishing.> Highlight fishing as one of many potential outdoor family activities.
Agenda:10:00a - 10:30a: Angler registration at Feather Pavilion10:30a - 11:45a: Fishing Rodeo, Catch and Release11:45a - 1:00p: Fishing Rodeo, Catch and Keep (Trout ONLY) 1:00p - 2:00p: Awards Ceremony and Lunch at Feather Pavilion
Anglers do not need a fishing licence to participate. Nightcrawlers and meal-worms will be available for purchase, but participants are encouraged to also bring their own bait/tackle. Participants should bring their own fishing rod. A small handful will be available for purchase/rental on a first-come-first-served basis. All fish must be measured and recorded by our volunteers to count towards potential prizes. We ask that for the first half of the rodeo that all fishes be returned to the water so others may also have an opportunity to capture them as well. Exceptions will only be made for gut-hooked fish. For the second half of the rodeo, participants will be allowed to keep any TROUT that they catch if they would like to do so. Anglers deciding to keep their catch should bring coolers to take them home in. We ask that you take home only your own catch. If a participant should choose to not keep his/her fish, it should be returned to the water. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please call the Chestnut Ridge Park Office at (304)-594-1773.