Riley Calderwood/MCN reporter
East Canyon State Park,along with the Division of Wildlife Resources, hosted yet another successful Youth Fishing Tournament on Saturday, April 30, 2022. The tournament was created in order to give kids and teens the opportunity to have fun fishing with the extra bonus of winning prizes along the way. With over 130 youth registrants, it was a good day of fishing for everyone!
Chris Haramoto, General Manager at East Canyon State Park, said that “it was a beautiful day for fishing!” It was one of the first days of sunny weather East Canyon had seen so far this year. The event started at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, and the kids had a majority of the day to fish and catch as many fish as they could before 2 p.m. that afternoon. Haramoto reported that “anyone that turned fish in within the time frame was eligible to win a prize.”
The youth were split into three age brackets: 5-9 years old, 10-14 years old, and 15-17 years old. According to a DWR news release prior to the event, they announced that “prizes will be awarded to the top three in each group who catch the largest rainbow trout. An award will also be given for the largest non-trout fish caught during the tournament.” Haramoto reported “we had 40-50 fish to measure. Some kids were bringing in multiple fishes.” While East Canyon holds many different species of fish such as kokanee, bass, brown trout, and more, Haramoto said, “unfortunately, we were not able to award any one for the ‘unique fish’ category because every fish caught was a rainbow trout.”
That does not mean any young fishers left empty handed. Prizes were donated from different local companies and groups such as custom lures, tackle boxes, and fishing poles. “One of the main prizes this year were custom trophies with a golden fish on the top that includes a map of the park.” Haramoto stated.
This tournament was the fourth annual fishing event of its kind hosted by the East Canyon and DWR partnership. “We work with them often”, Haramoto says, “we have a lot of the same goals.” Haramoto went on to say that the park has lots of fun events such as this planned for the summer months. Community members can visit East Canyon State Park’s website to learn about upcoming events.