There's no denying we LOVE fishing in Cedar Rapids.  A drive across any of the bridges downtown, or around any lake will confirm that. But there's two days every summer where the best fishing hole in town is Robbins lake, as each fish caught could mean a big prize. Fish-O-Rama is coming to Robbins Lake in Ellis Park August 1st and 2nd. Honestly, I'm not a big fisherman myself, as I just don't have the patience for it (although I love indulging on it's rewards.) But for all of you who do, this is not only a great opportunity to catch a few in a well stocked lake, but it's a great chance for some quality bonding time with the family.  Even better, it might have rewards beyond reeling in dinner.

Fish-O-Rama is more than just fishing, it's fishing for prizes.  Like I said above, they do stock the lake.  But the fish they stock it with are all tagged. When you reel one in, you take it to the prize tent to see what you win.  Each year, there's a ton of kids bikes given away, as well as gift certificates for various businesses, fishing gear, TVs, and other fun stuff.  And once again, there is a grand prize fish that might just win you a brand new truck!  That fish has eluded the fisherman for the past couple years, but we have a feeling this might just be the year it's caught.

As it is a 2 day event, we know there's plenty of downtime when the fish just aren't biting.  That's where Boys and Girls Club, your hosts, really excel, as they pack the day full with various fun things, like basketball shooting contests, casting contests, and other fun demos, talks, and more games.  There's even the resident joke teller, and kids joke contest, which can get very interesting. We'll be out there during the weekend too, providing great music and giving the Master of Ceremonies a break.

Want to get in on the fun?  Registration is now open.  And even better, we've got a bunch of basic entries we are giving away.  If you win them, you can always upgrade them to be eligible for the big prizes if you'd like. Get registered today.

We hope to see you at this year's Fish-O-Rama!

Boys And Girls Club