SJSO fishing camp reels in fun

Published 4:48 pm Friday, April 29, 2022

NORCO – St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre and several officers spent the Saturday morning of April 23, 2022 with more than 100 children, hookin’ andreelin’ ’em in at St. John Parish’s kids fishing camp in the Bonnet Carre Spillway near Norco.

The St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office hosted the event, and Sheriff Tregre and his officers were pleased to work with Gold Rod Fishing Club, Judge Sterling Snowdy, and other community volunteers and sponsors to present the fun event.

Sheriff Mike Tregre and Lt. Rick Bailey were on hand to help kids fish.

Sponsors were St. John Parish Government, Army Corps of Engineers, St. John Parish School System, Cabelas, Armstrong’s Crickets, La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Upsilon Mu Zeta Chapter/The Doves of Peace, St. Charles Parish Parks and Recreation to present the fun event.

After having to cancel the event for the past two years because of rising water in the spillway as well as the COVID pandemic, the SJSO was excited about being able to present the event this year.

With pole and bait in hand, Sheriff Tregre and the officers led children in the fishing excursion held around the spillway’s boat launch. Officers helped children place worms and crickets on a hook, cast poles and offer other fishing tips.

Top winners were: Edward Rogers, first; Omanon Duhon, second; and Ny’El Martin, third.

First to catch a fish were Bailey Wingate and Benjamin Brock. The most fish caught trophy was awarded to Ahnesty Marshall for the girls; and Andrew Murray for the boys.

Deputy Bernell Charles spearheaded the camp. Fishing poles and bait were provided. Hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks and beverages were served.

Sheriff Tregre said the camp was a great outreach event, and a fun time was had by all.