Family Fishing Day lures citizens to Rodgers Lake

Early on a Saturday morning in June, 60 community members gathered on the shore of *Rodgers Lake to fish in our annual Family Fishing Day competition.

The tribe’s Natural Resources and Education Departments hosted this year’s event on June 8, with blue skies above and biting fish below participants’ canoes and row boats.

Citizen Clyde Brazie won the grand prize charter fishing trip with his 28 3/4” gar catch.

In the panfish category, Justin Brazie won first place with a 10 3/8” crappie; Greg Winchester won second with a 9 3/8” crappie, and Joe Ward and Kenny Rader tied for third place each with their 9 1/4” crappies.

In the bass category, Jang Saldivar won first place with a fish measuring 20 1/2”. Jenna Martin’s second place fish was 18”, and Bonnie Daisy’s third place fish was 14 5/8”.
Stacey Rock won first place in the “other” category when she caught a painted turtle.

The kids enjoyed answering trivia questions about fish species, fishing implements, and how to keep geese off the docks. Education provided prizes for correct answers and held a raffle for larger door prizes including a sleeping bag and tent, outdoor lawn bowling set, and outdoor play accessories.

Both departments would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in the event. We hope everyone had a good time and created lasting memories.

*Article previously stated the event took place at Gage St. Lake, but it was actually held at Rodgers Lake.