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Cast away with Parks and Recreation Youth Fishing Rodeo on Saturday, June 1

Published on May 29, 2019

Huntsville children, ages 6-12 years old, are invited to join Parks & Recreation this Saturday, June 1, in Brahan Spring Park for the annual Wally Vess Youth Fishing Rodeo.

This free fishing event takes place in the Park’s North Lagoon, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. It’s an annual family favorite, so have the kids grab their fishing equipment and bring their chairs and catfish bait for a morning of fun and prizes. The lagoon will be stocked with 500 pounds of catfish, so everyone has a good chance of landing a big one!

Participants must be registered before the 8:30 a.m. start time to be eligible for prizes. Children fish on their own; however, parents may assist in putting bait on the hook and taking the fish off the hook once the child has reeled in the fish.​

The Wally Vess Youth Fishing Rodeo started more than 30 years ago as a free community event organized by the City of Huntsville’s Parks & Recreation department. ​

WHO:  City of Huntsville Parks & Recreation Department

WHAT:  Wally Vess Youth Fishing Rodeo for children, ages 6-12. Free event!

WHEN: Saturday, June 1.  Registration from 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.; Fishing from  8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.; Awards from 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. ​

WHERE:  North Lagoon in Brahan Spring Park

BRING:   Chairs, equipment & catfish bait

PRIZES:  Twenty-three fish will be tagged for $1,300 in cash prizes! There will also be prize awards for “Most Fish Caught” and “Largest Fish Caught”  in Boys and Girls categories for 8 and under, 10 and under, and 12 and under, along with Boys and Girls prizes for “Overall Heaviest Stringer.”