Kids will have a chance to show off their fishing skills at the 24th Annual Truckee Fishing Derby on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cold Stream Pond behind Donner Memorial State Park.
Local sportsman and angler Bob Tilton founded the event to draw children to a sport they could pursue for a lifetime. He started the derby to give youth an option for healthy recreation while keeping them out of trouble.“My goal was to get kids hooked on fishing, not on drugs,” Tilton said. “If we can get kids started in the right direction, we can make a difference. There’s so much water around the area, it would be a shame for kids not to fish.” Tilton and his family are still one of the event’s main sponsors, along with the Nevada County Fish and Game Commission and the Rotary Club of Truckee.
“The primary focus of the event is to let kids have fun and give them something they can do their whole lives,” said Jim Dill, Rotary Club of Truckee chairman of the event. “Initially, I was only going to run the event until my daughter was 12, but I want to continue because it puts so many smiles on people’s faces.”
Well put Jim! Why stop.
The event is open to the public and will be held at Cold Stream Pond behind Donner Memorial State Park. Admission is free for children 12 and under. Children should bring their own gear and tackle, although some may be available to borrow. For more info about this classic family-fun fishing event, please visit www.truckeerotary.com.
Volunteers are needed for the event. Anyone who knows how to fish is welcome to come out and help the young anglers. To volunteer, contact Dill at (530) 448-6620.
The Rotary Club of Truckee was chartered on February 14, 1978 and has a membership of nearly 100 active members who share a compelling sense of duty to their community. The Rotary Club of Truckee supports local organizations and returns more than $80,000 annually to the community through grants, services, events and special funding.