East L.A. anglers go for the “Big One”

About 150 anglers showed up at for the Belvedere Park Fishing Derby | C.J. Salgado

Fishing the day away in East L.A. | C.J. Salgado


EAST LOS ANGELES — About 150 eager anglers showed up on Saturday at Belvedere Park Lake  and got a shot at winning a trophy and catching that “Big One” that always seems to get away.

Each year, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation puts on three fishing events at Belvedere Park Lake adjacent to the East L.A. Civic Center. The lake gets stocked with trout in the winter and catfish in the summer, said a county employee named David. So competitors won’t need to lie about how much they caught because they are sure to catch something. In fact, one dad-and-daughter team boasted they caught 14 trout in only 30 minutes. That’s an awful lot of fish tacos.

Gizel, another county employee working at the fishing derby, said Saturday’s turnout was actually low compared to past events despite the free food and drinks as well as free loaner rods and other supplies. With Saturday’s beautiful weather, what more can an angler ask for? Well, maybe, catching that Big One would be nice.

Near the end of the event, a 16″ trout was on the line for the winning prize. Think you can do better? The next such event is July 4. No need for a fishing license, just bring your tall tales.

C.J. Salgado is a resident of East Los Angeles

Photo by C.J. Salgado

Photo by C.J. Salgado

Photo by C.J. Salgado

Photo by C.J. Salgado

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