Mac the Naw: Kids Fishing Derby returns to Lampe Park |

Mac the Naw: Kids Fishing Derby returns to Lampe Park

Tristan Lewis, 7, hauled in a 3.3-pound fish on eggs at the Carson River Resort.
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Hello fellow anglers; let’s talk about free fishing days. California has two free fishing days each year — July 4 and Sept. 5 during the 2015 calendar year. Nevada has one free fishing day, June 13. These are days where anglers are not required to have a fishing license, but still must abide by all the fishing regulations pertaining to the particular body of water they’re on. For the kids that are not required to have a fishing license, there is a special day as well. I am talking about the Lampe Park Kids Fishing Day on June 6 and 7 for kids ages 3 to 12. There are family activities and concessions available and tickets are free, but you must pre-register to receive a free session ticket. Registration for the event will be available Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Walgreens in Gardnerville and at Accolades Trophies during regular business hours located at 1532 Highway 395, No. 10 in Gardnerville. And as a special note, the fourth session on Saturday, June 6 at 2:30 p.m. will be reserved for special needs anglers. For more info on registration, call Heather Gertsch at (775) 684-9018.

The annual kids derby is totally dependent on volunteers, needed to set up, tear down, register, offer river help, clean fish and much more from June 3-7. If you would like to volunteer, contact Rachell Dumas at (775) 309-3873 or email I have had the privilege to be a part of this great event for several years and the rewards are unlimited. If you cannot donate your time, you can still donate money or prizes for the event. For info on sponsorship call Steve Hamilton at (775) 392-3579 or email There are other ways to support the kids derby, including purchasing a hat or a T-shirt during the event. There will be raffle tickets available for various prizes that have already been donated. Grand prizes this year include (but are not limited to) a WoodMaster trailer-mounted pellet grill, a pair of kid-sized 110cc quads and a $300 gift card from Sportsman’s Warehouse. All proceeds go back into the derby for the following year, so come on out and have some fun with us. Saturday your master of ceremonies will be C.K. Baily, and on Sunday Mac The Naw will handle those duties. As I mentioned in the last article, out of appreciation for our local ranchers who have allocated water usage for the event I will be wearing my 10-gallon Resistol hat, and I encourage all who have a western hat to wear them. Let’s show the ranchers how much we appreciate them. Last but not least, there will be plenty of food available for breakfast and lunch.

The Lampe Park Kids Fishing Derby has been noted as the largest organized derby west of the Mississippi and I hope to see you there. Even if you do not fish, please come join the festivities. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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