The 19th Annual Coleto Creek Kids Fishing Tournament occurs from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2 at Coleto Creek Park, 365 Coleto Park Road, located midway between Victoria and Goliad off Highway 59.
Plans are being completed by officials at Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority Coleto Creek Park and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week. The event is open to all youth between the ages of 2 and 16. There will be no registration fee, but all children must register to fish by 9 a.m. the day of the event.
“Our event is directed toward young people and adults alike to help them discover the joys of fishing and further develop an appreciation for our lakes, rivers, and the wildlife that live in and around them,” said Wilfred Korth, Coleto Creek Chief Ranger. “In 2011, Coleto Creek had over 100 kids participate in this event and everyone went away winners.”
“In addition to GBRA and TPWD, this year’s sponsors of the Coleto Creek Kids Fishing Tournament include Academy Sports & Outdoors, Coleto Creek Power, and the Buddy Hartl Memorial Fund,” said Korth.
Prizes will be awarded for the heaviest stringer in four age groups, (2-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years, and 13-16 years). Youth also will be recognized for the overall largest fish, largest bass, largest catfish and largest crappie. Two additional prizes for the smallest perch will be given to age groups 2-6 years and 7-9 years.
For more information, call Wilfred Korth at 361-575-6366, check the Coleto Creek website at www.coletocreekpark.com, or visit the Coleto Creek Park office.
The GBRA was established by the Texas Legislature in 1933 as a water conservation and reclamation district. GBRA provides stewardship for the water resources in its 10-county statutory district, which begins near the headwaters of the Guadalupe and Blanco rivers, ends at San Antonio Bay, and includes Kendall, Comal, Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, Gonzales, DeWitt, Victoria, Calhoun, and Refugio counties.