Children's Fishing Rodeo

2021 Children’s Fishing Rodeo, Saturday, June 12, 6:00 - 9:00 AM 

Do your children like to fish? The City of Bartlett is once again hosting the Children’s Fishing Rodeo for ages 12 and under at Appling Lake in the Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center located at Highway 70 & Appling Road in Bartlett. This is a great way to kick-off the summer with your children. There will be prizes awarded in three age categories; 6 and under, 7 to 9 and 10 to 12 with one overall Grand Prize Winner. So bring your fishing pole and get ready to catch a lot of fish! This is a FREE event but you must register before fishing. Starting on June 1, you can pre-register at Gator Brown’s Bait & Tackle located at 6816 Highway 70 in Bartlett, (336-9699) or at the event the day of the rodeo.

Due to COVID regulations in Shelby County mask and social distancing are required when you are not fishing in your area. 

  • For more information on this fun event send an email to Community Relations.
  • This is a CATFISH Rodeo. (the lake will be stocked with catfish prior to the rodeo)

Appling Lake will be closed from Tuesday, June 1, until after the completion of the rodeo on June 12. NO FISHING is allowed at Appling Lake during this time! The lake will open to the public after the fishing rodeo.

This is a rain or shine event. There is no rain date for the event. In the case of dangerous weather, the event will be canceled.

Fishing Rules and Prizes Awarded (PDF)

Children’s 2019 Fishing Rodeo Winners

Overall Winners

Heaviest String of Fish:

  • Chase Taylor - Weight: 72.53 lbs - age group 10-12

Biggest Fish:

  • Liala Richmond - Weight: 6.22 lbs - age group 10-12

Age Group 6 and Under

Heaviest String of Fish: Brantley Johnson - Weight: 43.15 pounds

Biggest (heaviest) Fish: Kessley Mohondro - Weight: 5.96 pounds

Most Fish Caught: Stella Reed - 15 fish caught 

Age Group 7 to 9

Heaviest String of Fish: Matthew Walko Weight: 24.92 pounds

Biggest (heaviest) Fish: Emme Willinson Weight: 4.52 pounds

Most Fish Caught: Anothy Malone 9 fish caught

Age Group 10 to 12

Heaviest String of Fish: Grander Duckwork Weight: 23.95 pounds

Biggest (heaviest) Fish: Halle Brewer Weight: 4.47 

Most fish Caught: Cooper Higdon 11 fish caught 

The "special" fish, which is a white catfish, was caught by Jacob Myers 

* Overall winners cannot win in their age group, only one prize per child*

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors

  • Gator Brown Bait & Tackle
  • TN Wildlife Resource