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Derby yields many fish stories

Park District introduces kids to fishing at annual event

Shadow Cliffs lake was hopping Friday with fish donated by the Mt. Lassen Trout Farm for the 20th annual Special Kids Fishing Derby, hosted by the East Bay Regional Park District.

The biggest catch of the day was made by two brothers from Jackson Avenue Elementary school in Livermore, named Juan and Benjamin.

The event, for about 150 kids, was also sponsored by the Livermore and Pleasanton Lions Clubs.

"There were all ages of volunteers and a lot of happy kids. Lion's Club supplied a breakfast of pancakes and sausage, and fruit to the fisherman," said volunteer Steffi Gross.

They also cooked lunch. Hot dogs came from Oscar Mayer and ice cream was donated by Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream.

There was also a mobile fish exhibit, arts and crafts, bubble fun and face panting. The kids also were able to meet search and rescue dogs, and a mounted patrol horse named Bubba.

"The East Bay Regional Park information van and Mobile Fish Exhibit with the huge aquarium were terrific," Gross said.

"The area where the kids fished is netted so everyone is lucky," she also explained. "Then the netted area is dropped so the fish eventually are free swimming in Shadow Cliffs."

The volunteer fishermen came from as far away as Reno to help out. They also cleaned the fish and put them in ice chests to be given to the kids after school.

Lunch and awards were presented at noon, and at 1 p.m. the buses were loaded for the children to return to their schools, knowing more about fishing and the great outdoors.

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli

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