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Posted: Monday, April 22, 2019 8:17 am

Around 1,200 people crowded the Tavern Bay Beach Club during the second annual Junior Trout Rodeo where children 15 years or younger were brought by parents to catch hundreds of fish recently released into Lake Arrowhead.

The event was hosted by the Arrowhead Lake Association on Saturday, April 13. Children were accompanied by more than 200 hundred registered parents, grandparents and Scout Leaders.

Brian Hall, ALA’s West District Director, conceived of the event. As a child, Hall began fishing in Lake Arrowhead, the area he was raised, with his father and would eventually serve as the chair of the ALA Fish Committee, where he commits himself to ensuring that all of ALA’s recreational opportunities remain available to all ALA members.

Tracey Hendrickson, Lake Arrowhead resident, came to the event with her husband, Ken Hendrickson, and a few other family members.

“My favorite part about the event is being able to spend time together on the lake with my family,” Tracey said. “A lot of times, we don’t get the opportunity to go down to the lake with the younger family members, so having a day where they could come down and fish and enjoy the lake is a priceless opportunity. I enjoyed watching them be able to pull in their catches!”

Ken said the event definitely had an impact on the family’s desire to spend time on the lake.

“I had a great time watching my nephews catch their first fish ever,” Ken said. “By they end of the day, they told me they were hooked.”

Shan Thompson, Lake Arrowhead resident, also attended the event with his children and grandchildren.

“Getting to see all the kids enjoy their time and fishing was my favorite part,” Thompson said. “It was all about the kids that day.”

ALA keeps a close eye on the fish life that goes into Lake Arrowhead, which is now stocked with Rainbow Trout, Lightning Trout, Large and Small Mouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill and Catfish. The recent fish stocking into Tavern Bay was temporarily netted to hold the fish for the Jr. Rodeo, then released into Lake Arrowhead. 

The year Lae Arrowhead was stocked with 4,000 pounds of fish, which included 750 pounds of three- to eight-pound Steelhead Trout and another 750 pounds of Mt. Lassen Lightning Trout. The remaining 2,500 pounds of fish were Rainbow Trout.

Each child was allowed to catch three fish, giving them an opportunity to catch a variety of the fish.

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