The pond is stocked, the weather is warm, and the anglers are getting ready for the 16th annual Ross Township fishing tournament this weekend at Frank Zotter Pond in Evergreen Community Park, 3430 Evergreen Road.
Saturday is for children ages 14 and younger who will fish in the tournament, which is divided into several age categories. Sunday is set aside for all those 15 and older, including senior citizens and those with special needs. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m., and the lines hit the water starting at 9 a.m.
The tournament is being run by township Commissioner Lana Mazur, as well as the Ross Township Police Department, with special recognition going to retired police Sgt. Frank Zotter, for whom the pond is named.
"The first year we did it, we had about 60 kids, and now, we are at about 200," Zotter told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. "It's nice to get the kids all together and that they have an interest in fishing. It's a good family day."
The pond was stocked earlier this week with bass, perch, and bluegill.
The event is free to all Ross Township residents.
Check Patch this weekend for photos of the tournament. Results for both days will be posted on the site Monday.
Editor's Note: If you go, share your pictures of the fishing tournament by uploading them. Just click the "upload photos and videos" tab located right underneath the picture.