Gone Fishin' With Boise Sunset Lions Club


Do you remember getting up early with your dad and leaving the house at the break of dawn so that you could lay claim to your favorite fishing hole? Times have changed. It seems more kids have a Nintendo DS or an iPod Touch than a fishing pole, and it’s hard to get your children's attention unless you have a Wii Controller glued to your hand.

The Boise Sunset Lions Club is setting the tone for an outdoorsy summer with its annual fishing derby on Saturday, April 30, at Parkcenter Pond from 8 a.m-noon. Anglers of all ages can compete for prizes that include two deep-sea fishing trips out of Newport, Ore., and an exclusive steelhead or big bass fishing trip out of Riggins, Idaho. Prizes will be awarded for the longest fish stringer, the biggest catfish and, perhaps the most enticing competition of the morning, the first person to catch the tagged fish.

Every adult who registers for the derby may have three kids, ages 14 and younger, fish under his or her license. Also, Boy Scouts may attend this event to work toward badges.

Early registration is $20, or $25 on the day of the event. All proceeds benefit the Boise Sunset Lions Club's fight against blindness and hearing loss in the Treasure Valley. To register early, call 208-338-5466 or send an email to @idaholions.org

Go out, bait a hook, strengthen a bond, win some prizes and donate to a good cause.