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Off Tha’ Hook – Fishing Event

September 5


Join us for the second annual FoLAR Fish Derby – “Off Tha’ Hook”. Our event will take place on September 5th, which is one of the “Free” fishing days, as per U.S. Fish and Wildlife who govern fishing on the river, “Free” meaning, no license is needed on this day so it is open to all. We will have Biologists at the event as well to weigh, measure and catalog every fish prior to releasing back into the LA River to serve as an addendum to our 2008 Fish Study. This event is also designed to promote Stewardship of Fishing on the Los Angeles River.


Thanks to Patagonia Pasadena for their Sponsorship – Stop by their booth at the event to say hello and sample some of their provisions – You have a chance to win some of their clothing by catching the biggest fish or rarest species and release them back into the river.

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FoxGives, the philanthropic arm of Twentieth Century Fox is helping us keep this a zero waste event by giving each participant FREE a re-usable water bottle to be filled up at the several watering stations along the river

Press Conference 8:30am

Scheduled to appear, FoLAR Founder/President Lewis MacAdams

Catch & Release 9am-10am

Fishing Contest for the Experienced

Two categories: Weight & Rarest Species!

Family Fish 10am

Adult supervised children

Learn to fish with morning angler volunteers

Awards 11:30am

Blue Ribbons given to registered child anglers




Since Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1201, portions of the Los Angeles River opened up as a recreational zone and anglers have discovered how great the fishing can be. With an increasing number of fishermen and fisherwomen along the banks bumping elbows with the majestic wildlife, Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) and the community identified a need to educate anglers regarding urban river stewardship. FoLAR’s “Off tha’ Hook” recreates an American-as-apple-pie experience–catch-and-release fishing–incorporating an educational component for first-timers and long-time anglers alike.


The day will start out on Saturday, September 5th at 8:30am at North Atwater Park, 3900 Chevy Chase Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90039 with a Press Conference that leads into a serious fishing derby for ages 18 to 80 – then moves into the Kid’s Fish at 10am, where kids can fish along the banks of the Los Angeles River with experienced volunteer anglers giving them pointers. The Kid’s Fish is FREE for ages 7 to 17. Derby price is $50 with a $10 discount if you agree to stick around and help the kids learn the fine art of urban fishing.


Each fish caught prior to be thrown back into the L.A. River will be weighed & measured by Sabrina Drill and her team of biologists from the University of California Cooperative Extension. The data collected from these fish will serve as an addendum to the 2008 FoLAR Fish Study.


There is plenty going on during Off tha’ Hook–no need to fish as you can check out the Los Angeles River Fair. Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) will have an education team heading up Arts & Crafts for all ages and other great community booths will be on hand including the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (second-year sponsor). Taking the Reins (second-year sponsor) will be there as safety monitors to make sure the horse community and the anglers are within safe distance of one another. Los Angeles City Council District Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell (second-year sponsor) has provided us with tables, chairs and shade for this event. FoxGives, the philanthropic arm of Twentieth Century Fox is helping us keep this a zero waste event by giving each participant FREE a re-usable water bottle to be filled up at the several watering stations along the river. Off tha’ Hook sponsors Patagonia & Rubio’s will be on hand to help fill the hungry bellies, and KIND will give out bars to snack on. The folks at Patagonia Pasadena have donated prizes for the winning catch and will be on hand serving up their new line of provisions: sustainably caught sockeye salmon & soup


Jim Burns of the blog L.A. River Flyfishing (and a second-year sponsor) has this to say about the event “Each year, the river gets more popular, as fishers discover that they don’t have to drive to Mammoth or the mountains to have a quality fishing experience. And this is the only fishing tournament I can think of where you get to catch fish, possibly win prizes and help river revitalization as a citizen scientist.”


FoLAR has also implemented an education outreach program to inform people of the risks to the birds and how they can help by collecting and disposing of their fishing lines safely in bird-safe tubes. When larger birds, such as herons, egrets, and cormorant, smell the remnants of fish on discarded lines and scavenge through a regular trash can for the catch, they can get tangled up in the line, which can limit their mobility and cause injuries and serious infections. In this pilot program, FoLAR worked with Council Member Mitch O’Farrell and the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council and with a grant from Trout Unlimited to set up fishing line recycling tubes in popular woodsy fishing areas along the Los Angeles River where anglers can safely dispose of their fishing lines in tubes that birds are not able to access. More information on the program can be found here.



Event Date: Saturday, September 5, 2015 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Location: North Atwater Park, 3900 Chevy Chase Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90039

 Special thanks to our 2015 sponsors

Rubios Print LARFly

Children are FREE and will be provided a “Loner” Rod & Reel courtesy of our second year sponsor the Los Angeles Rod & Reel Club. Contact to register your child for this event.

Click on the thumbnails below to view photos from Off Tha’ Hook 2014:


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North Atwater Park
3900 Chevy Chase Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90039 United States