Moose invite young anglers to Lake Baron derby on Sunday |

Moose invite young anglers to Lake Baron derby on Sunday

Tim Parsons

When the Moose Lodge throws a party, it’s best to attend. Otherwise you’ll miss out on food, fun, and in this instance, fishing.

“The worst day of fishing is better than the best day of work,” said Paul Hale, the organizer of the sixth annual Kids Fishing Derby sponsored by the Moose Lodge of South Lake Tahoe.

The cast call goes out at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, at Lake Baron in Tahoe Paradise Park where a half-ton of hungry trout await.

Anyone age 16 years and younger is eligible to fish. And all the young anglers will receive Lira’s Market donated hot dogs, sodas, chips and a ticket for a raffle in which hundreds of prizes will be given away. New fishing rods and equipment will be available for use, compliments of Raley’s.

Prizes in the form of bank accounts from El Dorado Savings will be awarded to those who catch the three biggest fish.

Last year 600 folks attended the event, including 375 children.

After 2 p.m. the derby comes to an end.

“Everybody can drown worms after that,” Hale said.

Last year’s trophy fish, which had never before seen power bait, eluded the young anglers. They were finally caught in the spring.

This week 800 fish weighing 3 pounds or less will be planted and guarded until the derby by Moose Lodge representatives who refuse to be circumvented as they were in 2000 when a certain local eatery had a special on fish tacos.

Violators who lock horns with the Moose will be thwarted, separated from their tackle and transported to headquarters to be interrogated with sports trivia from guys named Rus and Glenn.

Information: (530) 541-1632.

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