East Penn Recreation Commission sponsors fishing contest
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Tyrine Lee received a prize for the second fish caught. His catch was 21-inches long. Later, he was the first to catch a palomino fish.
A fishing contest for people from age 1 to 15 was held May 15 in the Lizard Creek alongside the Ashfield Playground. It was sponsored by the East Penn Recreation Commission.
Nearly 400 fish were stocked and the creek was partially fenced off to prevent them from heading downstream. Stocking had been done at 7 a.m. before the 9 a.m. start time. The fish came from the Sand Spring Trout Hatchery in Jim Thorpe and were purchased by the recreation commission.
There were prizes for the first and second fish caught, for tagged fish, and for the first, second and third fishermen to catch a limit of five. The family entering the most children also received a prize.
Julie Gintvainis organizes the fishing contest and has done so for three years. She restarted the contests after several years when they were not held.
Fishermen asked if expected to eat their catch and most replied affirmatively.