VIDEO & PHOTO GALLERY: Youngsters spent Saturday morning fishing for prizes, trophies, and mostly for fun during the annual Church Hill Trout Rodeo in Alexander Creek at Jaycees Park.
Every year approximately 500 “eating size” trout are dumped into Alexander Creek at Jaycees Park. It's not as easy as shooting fish in a barrel, but having so many fish confined to such a small area does increase the odds for young anglers.
Alexander Creek was clear Saturday morning, and the young anglers were frustrated as they watched “whoppers” swimming by, completely uninterested in their baited hooks.
On Saturday, Sept. 8 hooks will drop at 8:30 a.m., and trophies will be awarded to boys and girls in each of the three age groups for first catch; first to catch the limit; and there will be one grand prize for the child who catches the biggest fish of the day.
To submit an event, email the Sports Department at [email protected], fax listing information to (423) 392-1385 or contact the Sports Department after 6 p.m. at (423) 392-1323 or 1-800-251-0328, ext. 4323.
The creek was dammed in sections for the annual event and stocked with 460 fish — mostly trout — between 8-12 inches in length. By the time the whistle blew 8:30 a.m. to begin the rodeo there were 145 youngsters registered to participate.
Every year the city dams Alexander Creek in sections for the full length it runs through Jaycees Park, and fills the creek with "keeper-size" trout.