Kids can test out their reeling skills from 7 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 20, at the Lake Julian Park Kids Fishing Tournament, where the smallest fish will result in a big win.
The catch-and-release event is open to kids ages 15 and under. Participants will be divided into different age groups and compete for prizes.
Awards will be given to the biggest fish, smallest fish and the most fish caught.
Participants are encouraged to pre-register for the event online which includes a $10 event fee. Regis,tration includes a bucket, bait, breakfast, snacks and drinks. Participants should bring their own fishing poles. Register at www.simpletix.com/e/lake-julian-park-kids-fishing-tournament-m-tickets-133481#host,. They can also register on the day of the tournament. No fishing license is required for residents under 16. All competitors must be accompanied by an adult, but the adult may not cast or reel.
This event is a great opportunity to get kids engaged in the outdoors, interact with wildlife, and have a meaningful experience with friends and family, said Brandon Altemose, park ranger with Bumcombe County’s Recreation Services.
Brandon is a lifelong angler who recognizes the immense importance fishing has had in his life.
“The early engagement with nature provided at our Kids’ Fishing Tournaments is one of many ways to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards,” he said.
Registration is also open on the day of the event. Fishing begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 11 a.m. Prizes will be handed out starting at 11:30 a.m.
The event is hosted by Buncombe County Recreation Services. Lake Julian Park, at 37 Lake Julian Road in Arden, is a public space that offers fishing, picnic areas, disc golf, outdoor games, a playground, paddleboats, event venue rentals, water access and more.
The park is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until dusk except for holidays.
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