Kids’ paradise: Lake Baron |

Kids’ paradise: Lake Baron

Children 12-and-under also cast their lines Sunday in the third annual Community Sponsored Youth Fishing Day in an effort to catch the biggest fish out of a much smaller pond – Tahoe Paradise Park’s Lake Baron.

According to Garth Butz, a derby volunteer working the weigh station, the fishing day is a way to get children interested in the activity.

“It’s free and we have poles here that the kids can use if they need it and also worms were donated for bait,” he said. “So far, it’s really gone over well.”

Alan Dugan, event coordinator, said the fishing derby turned out about 1,000 young anglers who were vying for prizes such as snowboards, fishing gear and Nintendo games.

To make the sport even more appealing, community sponsors helped pay for the some 4,500 pounds of rainbow trout that are planted into the lake the night before the competition. With the high fish count, the action was hot for most anglers.

For some, the name of the game was Power Bait and a little bit of luck.

“I caught six fish with Power Bait but we let one go because he was too small,” said 10-year-old Kyle Myers, of Fernley, Nev., who was proudly holding a string of meaty trout. “But I also have my lucky hat on too.”

Courtney Reece, 5, said she didn’t really mind which kind of bait she used just that she enjoyed reeling them in.

“It felt like a big monster trying to bite it off,” she said as she waited in line to get her prize catch of the day – about a 16-incher – weighed for the record.

South Lake Tahoe resident Korey Mazzoni, 7, reeled in the biggest trout of the day at 4 pounds, 3 ounces and got first choice from the pile of prizes that were donated from area businesses. Children also got a chance to win in a raffle for the grand prize of a trip for four on Tahoe Air to San Jose and the Great America amusement park.


Korey Mazzoni: 4 pounds, 3 ounces

Patrick Lahlum: 4 pounds

Josh Bidlick: 3 pounds, 15 ounces

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