Register for Richard B. Russell Lake 34th Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby

USACE, Savannah District
Published April 4, 2024

SAVANNAH, Ga. – It’s time to register for the  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Richard B. Russell Project Office’s 34th Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby set to take place Saturday, April 27, 2024, at the freshly stocked Calhoun Falls Bank Fishing area, located on Hwy. 72 in Calhoun Falls, South Carolina.

Space is limited, so registration is required to reserve your spot and lunch. To register, please call the Russell Lake Project Office at 706-213-3400 or 1-800-944-7207. Registered youth, ages 5-15, may participate in the derby.

Check-in time is from 7-8 a.m. and fishing hours are from 8-11 a.m. A water safety program will follow along with prizes and a free lunch.  Lunch is provided to all registered participants by the Lake Russell Recreation and Tourism Coalition and consists of a sandwich, chips, drink, and dessert. Attendees 16 or older may purchase a lunch for $5 per person (subject to availability).

Parents and guardians can fish outside the net during the fishing derby with a Georgia or South Carolina fishing license. Youth, 15 years old and younger, do not need a fishing license. Anglers ages 16 years and older must have a current Georgia and/or South Carolina fishing license in their possession while fishing in fresh or salt water in Georgia/South Carolina.

Restrooms and drinking water will be available for everyone. Attendees should plan to bring their own chair, fishing gear, and sunscreen. Life jackets are highly recommended for children and weak swimmers who will be near the water. 

For additional information, or to learn how to donate, please call Park Ranger Brandon Smith, toll free at 1-800-944-7207 or 706-213-3407.


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