Weekly fishing tournaments continue at Bone Creek
The Thursday night catch-and-release tournament at Bone Creek Reservoir is a great opportunity for anglers and youngsters alike to practice social distancing, get outdoors, and have some fun.
Bone Creek Tournaments took a few weeks off due to stay-at-home orders, but with some input from officials, has returned. While May 7’s event only saw 24 boats due to weather concerns, the tournament had been seeing up to 35 boats.
For those who’ve been to one of the weekly tournaments before, but not this year, organizer Kevin Shaffer said a few procedural changes have been made to help with safety. In the past, participants frequently met to chit-chat both before and after the tournament while competitors put their boats in the lake.
Participants still meet at Rocky Point Boat Ramp (N 200th St on the south end of the lake), but they are to meet organizers at the road. After registering and paying the entry fee, one at a time participants will be directed to immediately put their boat in the water – no standing around. Sorry, no swapping fish stories about the big one that got away.
Afterward, if they don’t have a fish, they will load up immediately. They will not be allowed to wait around in the parking lot. If you do have a fish, Kevin will personally take the fish and weight it and return it so that it can be released back into the lake.
“They’re going to go fishing anyway,” says Shaffer. “We’re controlling them, and these guys know if they don’t follow procedure, I’ll ban them. They know I’m a stickler on rules and that’s what made this so popular for 40 years.”
While the entry fee is $10 per person, kids 12 and under with an adult fish free.
Shaffer said that is intentional, because they want to encourage more kids to get out and fish, while also recognizing the preservation efforts and seeing the beauty of the outdoors in the area.
“If a child catches the biggest fish, he or she gets the winning money, I don’t care if its a 5-year-old,” Shaffer aid. “We’ve got to get these kids involved.”
The Thursday tournaments meet at Rocky Point Boat Ramp at Bone Creek Reservoir, about 16 miles north of Downtown Pittsburg. Registration begins at 3 p.m. The tournament begins at 6 p.m. Entry is $10 per person, while 12 & under fish for free with an adult. Boats are required to have an aerated live well.
For more and update information, visit bonecreektournaments.com. They also have a Facebook Group – Bone Creek Tournaments.