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The banks of Lake Petit will be lined deep with anglers at the annual HookaKidon Fishing Tournament on June 16. Photo by Rita Van Fleet

Get ready: ‘Hook a kid on fishing’ is June 16

On Saturday, June 16, Big Canoe’s young anglers will line the banks of Lake Petit in attempt to hook the ever elusive Petit Pete. For more than ten years, the infamous trout has avoided capture and it’s up to the best fishermen and fisherwomen to bring their skill, patience and determination for the annual Hook a Kid on Fishing Tournament.

What does it take to seize Petit Pete? You’ll need a little slimy worm, the perfect cast and perhaps a great deal of luck! The tournament entry fee is $5 per angler and $10 after Monday, June 4. Register early to be guaranteed a t-shirt! Young anglers will receive a t-shirt, goody bag, bait, snacks and water. Kids are encouraged to provide their own fishing poles. The fishing rodeo does not have age limits; parents and grandparents can decide if their child would enjoy the event.

Tournament check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. at the lower Chapel parking lot and adults and children will be shuttled to Lake Petit. Fishing will only be permitted from the shores of Lake Petit along the dam. Fishing from kayaks, boats and the Marina shoreline will not be permitted.

The tournament committee has secured wonderful raffle prizes for kids and adults alike; make sure to stop by the raffle prize table at check-in! Fishing will commence at 10:00 a.m. and will conclude around noon. Shuttles will once again provide transportation back to the Playfield, where awards and prizes will be given away around 12:30 p.m. After the awards ceremony, families are welcome to stay on the Playfield and enjoy a few games and activities. Blossman Propane & Gas will be hosting an open house from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the Playfield. They will be providing complimentary hot dogs and hamburgers for all guests.

Anglers who snag a fish, any fish, will be awarded a medal. Awards will also be given to the largest fish caught and to the angler who lined the most fish. Of course, anyone who hooks the notorious Petit Pete will also be given a special prize. Registration forms can be found at the Big Canoe Marina, Canoe Lodge, Postal Facility or on the POA website, www.bigcanoepoa.org.

For more information, contact Kim Cooper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (706) 268-3346 or the Big Canoe Marina at (706) 268-3303.The Big Canoe Hook a Kid on Fishing Tournament is proudly sponsored by the Big Canoe POA, Smoke Signals, Big Canoe Marina, Blossman Propane & Gas, Scott Parish Plumbing, Trout Unlimited and Squeaky Clean.

Submitted by the Big Canoe POA Programs & Events Committee

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