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Kids' Fishing Day in Paradise

By Chuck Giles
04/08/15—Paradise Irrigation District (P.I.D.) will be hosting their annual Kids’ Fishing Day (KFD) on Saturday, April 18 from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Paradise Lake. This event is highly anticipated both by local and other communities around Northern California. Children 15 years old and younger are eligible and welcome to try for the winning fish. This year, unlike past practices, there will be absolutely no more fishing for anyone past the 3:00 p.m. deadline and the lake will be closed.

Easy directions to Paradise Lake; stay on the Skyway through Paradise and turn right at the stop light at Coutelenc Road. Approximately 5 miles up on the left will be the entrance to the lake.

Upon arriving at the lake, participants will be given a raffle ticket for the many prizes being given away during the day. Grand prize drawing will be promptly at event closing. Volunteers will be cruising the shoreline offering a soda and hot dog for a buck.

For the adults, as always, there will be a raffle for a Remington 870 shotgun furnished by Fins, Fur and Feather Sporting Goods (FFF) in Paradise. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at FFF at the intersection of Skyway and Clark Rd. or the main office of PID on Clark Rd. in Paradise. Only 150 tickets will be sold. Any remaining tickets will be offered the day of the event by volunteers going around the shoreline. This drawing will also be held at the close of KFD.

This year will set a record for the amount of fish to be stocked prior to that Saturday. Greg Dobbs, Lake Patrolman and one of the founders for KFD, estimates 12,000 pounds of catchable fish will be introduced in Paradise Lake the week prior to Kids’ Fishing Day. Of that total; 1,000 pounds will be considered “trophy class” trout. In addition, there will be approximately 100 pounds of trout over six pounds dropped in as a bonus. This healthy planting is courtesy of Department of Fish and Wildlife and private donors.

Fish are for the kids
Paradise Lake will be closed the week prior to and following the event so that every opportunity is afforded the participants for a “fresh” chance to catch the planted fish. This means no visitors from April 13-25. The exceptions will be, of course, the actual day of the event (April 18) and the following Wednesday (April 22.) The reason for the Wednesday opening is to afford the first ten donors of $250.00 or more the option to fish from boats prior to the general opening.

Amazingly, this day being set aside for the kids is funded entirely by donations with 100% of the monies going directly back for the next year’s experience. For almost two decades this has been the policy and the practice of the PID.

Lake to be open year-round
This year is also the first PID has chosen to keep the lake open year-round excepting the time set aside for KFD. In the past, Paradise Lake was open only to limited shore fishing and no boating from November through opening trout season in April. A new price structure is being considered and will be made available when a final decision comes down from their board.

Come and enjoy a day for the kids. There is absolutely nothing that will shake you out of a bad mood like seeing a grinning youngster holding up their first or even hundredth fish. PID only asks that the accompanying adults not forget that this day is for the kids and refrain from over “assisting.”

For more details, contact Fins, Fur and Feather Sporting Goods at 530-876-8800 or the main office of Paradise Irrigation District located at 6332 Clark Rd. (530-877-4971.)

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