The 7th Annual Family Fun Fishing Event Kick-off will be held Sunday, April 22, 2018, 6:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park thanks to major sponsors, Friends of Schuylkill Parks and Recreation and Pine Grove Fish and Game. The event is being coordinated by the Schuylkill County Sportsmen’s Advisory Board (SAB) to the Schuylkill County Commissioners and the Sweet Arrow Lake Park Board with assistance from the Schuylkill Conservation District.
The kick-off on April 22nd is just the beginning as the event continues the entire year that allows folks to catch one of 50 tagged fish totaling over $7,000 in prizes. Top tagged specific fish include $1,000, $750, $500 and $250 cash. Forty-six $100 value prizes round out the 50 total. There will be $2,000 more in prize money than any previous year. Ice fisherman will also have the opportunity to reel in a “winner”. In addition, if any of the many prizes are not redeemed by the start of the following year’s event, they will be distributed through a drawing of the previous year’s registrants. So make sure you register by April 22nd to be eligible for year-round fun and prizes. Over 1,300 people participated in last year’s event; the vast majority consisting of families.
New this year we will stock 200 lunker (18-24” size) trout instead of the usual 100 lunkers thanks to our major sponsors and Swatara Co-op Trout Nurseries. A total of $10,000 worth of trout will be stocked for the event. In addition, the PA Fish and Boat Commission stocks twice and the Northern Swatara Trout Co-op stocks once before the season and once for ice fishing. Kids are in for a real treat this year as there will be a few prizes for them to choose from. Fleer Sports memorabilia, fishing rods or lures or gift cards will be available to the first 150 kids aged 3-12 years.
The registration fee prior to April 1st is $15 per individual or $30 per family, which includes one $5 individual or one $10 family food voucher. After April 1st and the day of the kick-off, the fee will increase $10 and $15, respectively. No registrations will be taken after April 22nd so even if you catch the $1,000 fish you are out of luck if you are not registered.
In addition to the family fishing event, the 18-hole disk golf course, playground and walking trails are open. A Chinese auction also will be taking place in the clubhouse; no need to be present to win.
On April 22nd check-in and registration will begin at 6:00 a.m. at the clubhouse area and the PA Fish and Boat access area coordinated by Schuylkill County Trout Unlimited. All tagged fish and lunkers will be stocked beginning at 8:00 a.m. allowing you time to have breakfast in the clubhouse. Most lunkers and tagged fish will be float stocked to all areas of the lake. All PA Fish and Boat Commission rules and regulations apply. Boats are welcome.
The event registration form is available on the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park website at http://www.sweetarrowlakepark.com/funfishing.html or visit A&A Bait Shop this Spring. Contact Craig R. Morgan at 570-617-8223 for more information or sponsorship.