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Get hooked on fishing in memorial tournament

As spring time looms in the 209, it is a perfect time of year to get reacquainted with the great outdoors. A staple in the community, the Oak Grove Regional Park in Stockton will host the 13th annual Bob McMillen Memorial Fishing Tournament on March 5.

The annual event will be spread over the remarkable 10-acre lake, where approximately 2,500 pounds worth of rainbow trout will be stocked for the contestants to catch.

McMillen was a San Joaquin County parks employee and an avid fisherman. Throughout the years, McMillen spent his time fishing and being an all-around outdoorsman.

Sandi Adams of the San Joaquin County Parks reflected said McMillen will be always be remembered for "his love for the outdoors, especially fishing."

The tournament is open to all ages and three age groups will be divided for each competition, Youth division will be ages 10 and under; Teen ages 11-17 and Adults ages 18 and over.

“Our tournaments are a nice way to introduce fishing to young anglers, especially in a nice park setting like Oak Grove provides,” Adams said of the tournament experience.

Throughout the years, Oak Grove Regional Park has hosted many tournaments including the popular Catfish Derby and Trout Bout tourneys that have been around for over 30 years. Prizes over the years have included various gift cards to local retailers, movie theaters and restaurants. This year will be no different as these amongst other prizes will be awarded following the event.

The affordable event does not require a registration fee, but a $5 fishing permit and valid California Fishing License is required for anyone 16 or older. A parking fee of $6 will also apply. All participants must bring their own fishing equipment and obey all state Fish and Game laws. Park gates open at 6:15 a.m. registration closes at 10 a.m. and the last weigh-in is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Oak Grove Regional Park is located on Eight Mile Road and Interstate 5. For more information call San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation at (209) 331-2050 or log onto