37th Annual Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo set for May 14; deadline to enter is May 12

Thirty-seventh Annual Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo is less than two weeks away — and as of late last week, slots did remain for each of the two sessions planned.

Open to youngsters ages 12 and younger, the free event is sponsored by Town of Farragut and takes place from 8 to 9 a.m. and from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 14, along the banks of Fort Loudoun Lake in Anchor Park, 11730 Turkey Creek Road.

Each session has a limit of 75 participants. Register children individually, for one session only, by Thursday, May 12, at townoffarragut.org/register.

“We do have some slots still open,” Merritt Piper, Town Special Event and Program coordinator, said last week. “We are also keeping a list of all registrants; and if, for some reason, registrants don’t show up, we will be calling those on the overflow list.”

The Town will provide bait (any type may be used). A limited number of fishing poles will be available for use during the event. Poles will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, though participants are encouraged to bring their own poles.

Community donations are still being accepted for the event, including youth and adult spincast (push button) rod and reel combos in good working condition plus line, hooks, bobbers and sinkers. Farragut businesses also are encouraged to consider donating items to be used as prizes for participants.

Prizes will be awarded after each round.

East Tennessee Scale Works is providing the use of scales and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be stocking the lake.

The fishing rodeo will be held rain or shine; however, in the case of severe inclement weather, check Farragut Parks & Rec on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for the status of the event.