Flooding moves Two Rivers Fishing Fair

News-DemocratJune 5, 2013 

The Two Rivers Fishing Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Jersey County Fairgrounds/American Legion on U.S. 67 north of Jerseyville.

The fair, which offers fun and educational activities for the entire family, was moved from its usual spot at Pere Marquette State Park because of river flooding.

"Getting families outdoors to have fun together is what the Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair is all about," said Marc Miller, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. "Children can experience the fun of fishing and spending time outdoors thanks to this event's many sponsors and 225 volunteers."

Fairgoers will learn knot tying, fish identification, fish cleaning, casting and many other skills. Every child who completes at least seven stations will receive a prize and have the chance to catch a trout at the Trout Pond.

At the Bluegill Pond, children can catch a fish and have their picture taken. Everyone wins a prize at the One-Cast station. Bowfishing stations, where children can shoot in a pool at a 3D target are popular. And, Camo the Clown, will make them laugh and learn at educational seminars.

A giant 4,000-gallon mobile aquarium stocked with many of the local fish found in the Illinois River will be back. Professional anglers will offer seminars and demonstrate a variety of fishing techniques. There will also be two dog retriever shows and a noodling demonstration.

Maryville fishing derby

Maryville Parks and Recreation will host its 13th annual fishing derby Saturday at Pavilion No. 1 in Drost Park, off Schiber Court and Vadalabene Drive.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. Fishing is from 10 to 11 a.m.

Anyone 14 years old or younger can participate in this free catch-and-release event. Awards will be given to fishermen in each age category for most fish, largest fish, smallest fish and the most unusual non-fish.

Bring a fishing pole, bait and a supervising adult. For more information, contact Mike at 618-975-8033.

Carlyle Lake Kids Fishing Derby

A "Reeling in the Fish" Kids Fishing Derby will be held Saturday at the City of Carlyle Fish Hatchery Pond on old U.S. 50 in Carlyle. Registration is at 9 a.m. Fishing is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Trophies will be awarded for total weight caught in age categories 10 and under and 11 to 15.

Belleville South Bassmasters

Dan England, of O'Fallon, won the Belleville South Bassmasters tournament held June 2 at Kinkaid Lake near Murphysboro.

Kincaid Lake was 3 feet higher than normal as a result of recent rains with dingy to muddy water and surface temperatures reaching 75 degrees in the afternoon.

England posted a three-fish limit of 9.09 pounds, fishing the main lake with Chatterbaits. Darren Gross, of Belleville, caught 7.27 pounds on the main lake, fishing fluke-type baits for second place. Adam Gross, of Belleville, caught a 4.17-pound Big Bass of the event on a swim jig to finish in third place.

The next Bassmasters tournament will be June 24 at Rend Lake. For membership information, contact Richard Kasson at 618-939-7912 or Tom Westerheide at 618-235-8588.

Tri-County Bass Anglers

Larry Stark, of Dupo, won first place in the Tri-County Bass Anglers Tournament held May 19 at Forbes Lake.

Fish were in post-spawn, water was muddy and the bite was tough.

Stark caught four fish weighing 10.16 pounds, including the Big Bass at 4.95 pounds.

Barry Rolland, of Waterloo, was second with three fish weighing 5.26 pounds. Scott Fischer, of Belleville, was third with two fish at 3.76.

On June 1-2 on the Ohio River at Golconda, it was stormy Saturday, mild Sunday with water muddied up by the current.

Tom Speichinger, of Belleville, took first with 12 fish weighing 21.05 pounds. Dave Simonds, of Belleville, was second with 12 fish at 19.92. Brian Davis, of Trenton, was third with 12 fish at 17.49.

Paul LeSaulnier, of Waterloo, was fourth with 10 fish weighing 16.64 pounds. He also had the Big Bass on Saturday at 5.50.

Tony Schneider, of Caseyville, caught 10 fish for 16.06 pounds for fifth, and Scott Fischer, of Belleville, was sixth with 10 fish at 15.52.

George Fudge, of Red Bud, caught the Big Bass on Day 2. It weighed 5 pounds.

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