Promising a morning of family fun and fishing, the 26th Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby is coming Saturday to the Blue Hole Recreation Area.
From 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, kids 15 and younger will be able to fish in a set area  specially stocked with catfish for them.
“Kids 15 and under won’t need a fishing license,” said Zach Baldwin, event coordinator for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “Adults 16 and older will have to fish outside that cordoned off section and require a fishing license.”
A release from the Corps said all fishers must provide their own fishing gear, bait, sunscreen, drinks, snacks and protective gear. No alcoholic beverages are permitted.


Lunch will be provided for kids 15 and under by the Lake Russell Recreation and Tourism Coalition. For $2, attendees 16 and older can get a hot dog lunch.
Baldwin and Glenn Kowalski, natural resources program manager for Lake Russell, said the support of several organizations, including the Georgia and South Carolina departments of Natural Resources, provided invaluable help.
“We usually get around 300 participants so when you count parents, you’re looking at 400 people sometimes,” Kowalski said.
Baldwin said participants can register online at www.dnr.sc.gov/aquaticed/rodeos. While early registration is preferred, on-site registration will be available starting about 7 a.m. Saturday.