A truck filled with $5,000 worth of live rainbow trout rolled into Meyers Thursday afternoon to fill Lake Baron for Sunday's Kids Fishing Derby.
Put on by the Moose Lodge, the event was started 10 years ago by Paul Hale, a past governor of the lodge. The cost of the fish was funded by donations from local businesses.
"We have more fish than ever, and they're some of the biggest," said Kyler Hale, son of Paul Hale.
The trout that were put in the lake weigh up to 5 pounds each. There is a limit of five fish per child and 10 per family, Hale said. The day after the derby, the lake limit of two fish per person will be back in effect.
Organizers expect between 500 and 700 people to attend the derby, which takes place at Tahoe Paradise Park in Meyers. Children are asked to bring their own poles and tackle. Some loaner poles will be available, but there won't be enough for everyone. Bait will be provided. The event is for all ages. The derby is a competition and a fish cleaning service will be offered. The first-place winner will receive a $100 savings account at El Dorado Bank, and second- and third-place finishers will receive $50 savings accounts.
Lira's Market will provide hot dogs and soda for children, and Polish dogs will be available for adults. Upon entrance, each child will receive a free raffle ticket for prizes.
"No kid should live in Tahoe and not know how to fish," Hale said.