Sparta Chamber hosting summer-long fishing derby

SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) — Be on the lookout for rainbow trout tagged with “BikeSparta” over the summer near Sparta’s Evans-Bosshard Park.

The Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a summer-long fishing derby, offering anglers the chance to win $500 in cash and prizes by contacting the chamber office with the tag number and their contact information.

The chamber, BikeSparta and Stockton Trout Farm of Winona added 400 rainbow trout to the La Crosse River off of Evans-Bosshard Park. One hundred of those are tagged. Anyone catching a tagged trout can be entered into a drawing for a share of $500 in cash and prizes by contacting the chamber office with the tag number and their contact information. Pictures of tagged trout are welcomed and will be posted on the Chamber’s Facebook event page.

The Chamber has also created a Bike and Fish the Elroy Sparta Trail Map that shows where the trail intersects with fishing streams. Call (608 269-4123) or stop by the chamber (111 Milwaukee Street, Sparta) for a free copy of the map. More information about fishing and other outdoor activities can be found on the Chamber’s website: www.bikesparta.us.