Los Angeles, Calif.-- MacArthur Park is an urban oasis and great place to take the kids to fish. Children do not need a fishing license, and the lake in the park is often stocked with fish for the kids to catch.
Southern Califonia's Youth Shine at
The MacArthur Park Fishing Derby
By Chris MacDonald, The Local News Columnist
The 9th Annual MacArthur Park Fishing Derby was a huge success recently in downtown Los Angeles. More than 300 youth enjoyed fishing in the lake as dozens of volunteers, including some from Huntington Beach, assisted the kids, who caught some good-sized trout.
The festive event sponsored by the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation, California Fish & Game and others, really boosted their confidence and self-esteem. They were encouraged by legendary Sportsfisherman Dan Hernandez, Fish & Game employees, local LAPD officers and many more. There even were free hot dog lunches, prizes and giveaways.
Dan Hernandez, who has done so much to help encourage kids through his foundation, autographed photos and assisted the youth. John McCamman, Director of the California Department of Fish and Game, was there to offer his encouragement, as was Los Angeles City Councilman Ed P. Reyes, Retired School Counselor Frank Marty of HB and others.
You can learn more about the wonderful Dan Hernandez Youth Foundation, who sponsor fishing events all over, at: www.sport-fishing.com . Dan has an excellent weekly television show that has been on for 22 years (KDOC TV Channel 19) every Saturday at 6:30AM. Tune in to learn about Fishing.
FYI If you fish, you might like to know that the lake at MacArthur Park is being stocked with fresh fish every two weeks. More info is available from the California Department of Fish and Game.
Photos were taken at the event of dignitaries, volunteers and kids. Some appearing were:
1. Los Angeles City Councilman Ed P. Reyes addresses the Youth at the event.
2. Look at what this young man caught.
3. John McCamman, Director Of State Of California Department Of Fish And Game, with Dan Hernandez from The Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation.
4. These were some of the volunteers that helped put on this event.