It's May, which means it's time for the annual Child, Youth and School Services Fishing Rodeo at Russ Pond. The rodeo is set from 9 a.m. to noon May 22. The event is free and is open to children ages 4-15.

Russ Pond is a fishing area solely designed for children and includes bass, bream and catfish, said Dorrie Wagner, CYSS event coordinator.

The object of the rodeo will be to catch as many fish as they can within a three-hour time limit. Fish will be counted and the top three children with the most fish will win prizes, including fishing supplies and bait. Prizes will be awarded in five age categories.

There are always children eager to catch more fish than the others, Wagner said.

In 2009, 76 participants caught a total of 720 fish with 62 fish caught by a single participant.
Hopefully, weather won't be a factor, Wagner said.

In 2009 there was some rain, but not enough to keep people away, she said. If there is inclement weather, or thunder and lightning, the event will be canceled and not rescheduled. If it's only raining, the event will go on as planned, Wagner said.

Children are required to be accompanied by an adult and bring fishing poles and bait.

Participants can preregister by calling 706-545-1853 or they can register on the day of the event.