The Annual STAR/PAL Fishing Derby gives over 350 kids, ages 8-14, from inner-city neighborhoods a basic introduction to the sport of fishing. Held at Chollas Lake in College Grove, this one-day clinic brings youth participants together with volunteers from the Department of Fish and Game and various law enforcement and public safety agencies to learn the basics of fishing etiquette and safety, as well as the fundamentals of bating, casting, and reeling. After a day of practicing along the lake, the youth participants enjoy a BBQ lunch prepared by volunteers from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and an awards ceremony where the winners of the “most fish” and “biggest fish” caught are announced.
The objective of the Fishing Derby is to provide youth with an enriching and entertaining activity while positively engaging with law enforcement , as well as introduce them to a resource right in their own backyard where they can practice the skills they learn. Each participant is given a fishing pole to keep, allowing them to continue practicing the sport of fishing and return to the lake.