Families go fishing for a good time in East L.A.

Waiting for the fish to bite at Belevedere Park Lake. Photos by C.J. Salgado

Belevedere Park Lake fish sculpture

By C.J. Salgado

Saturday’s Family Fishing Derby held at Belvedere Park Lake in East Los Angeles attracted 340 fishing enthusiasts and their families who jostled and jockeyed for the perfect spot to land the big one. Anthony Montanez of Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department said, “we were lucky this year- with the budget problems, we had no money, but the state came through with funding for this free event.” In preparation, the lake located on 3rd Street in the East L.A. Civic Center was stocked with a thousand pounds of catfish. Families enjoyed the fish, trophies, hot dogs and memories of tall tales for well over a decade at this annual event. The Big One? Well, it came in at 21 inches! If you missed it and are eager for a chance to beat that beauty, the next derby will be held on September 3.

Belvedere Park Lake is hosting a series of events this summer as part of Art Fest 2011.

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  1. Wow is that the size of the fish. Wow

  2. @ Rita. I’m sure all those anglers wish the fish were that big! The fish you see in the photo on the right is a sculpture. Here’s a link for more details on “Leaping Fish, Nature’s Cycles” by Jose Rude Calderon:

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