NEDERLAND — The pond at Doornbos Park will be packed with young anglers on Saturday as they seek to land the biggest.
The park, located at 2301 Avenue H in Nederland, is the site of the Nederland Rotary Club’s annual Hooked on Fishing, Not On Drugs event. Free fishing is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for children 14 and under.
The scenic pond will be stocked with rainbow trout ahead of the event, said Debbie Spittler, president of the Rotary Club of Nederland.
“It’s a wonderful event for kids in the community to come fishing,” Spittler said. “We promote good clean activities like fishing.”
The day brings together between 100 and 150 participants and prizes such as bikes and gift cards will be awarded.
Spittler said it doesn’t matter if they catch fish or not because there are a lot of prizes.
Kay DeCuir, president-elect, said those who don’t register before the event can do so at 8:30 a.m. onsite that morning.
There will also be free food for the kids – hot dogs, chips and drinks. While young people eat for free, food will be available for adults to purchase.
At the event, anglers have the chance to see members of the Nederland High School fishing team and other keen anglers. They’ll talk about the importance of being addicted to fishing, not drugs, DeCuir said.
For those who do not have a fishing rod, fishing rods will be available. Each child will get their own bait — a ball of whole kernel corn in a bag, DeCuir said.
Angela Fanette, director of parks and recreation, calls it a great day of family fun at the park.
“It’s a way to introduce kids to fishing and a love of the outdoors,” Fanette said. “We love seeing kids with their parents participate.”
Fanette said the Rotary Club is doing a great job raising prizes for the kids and appreciates the group for putting on the event for the community.