Topeka Gov. Bill Graves will host the fifth Annual Governor's Fishing Classic on June 5-6 at Coffey County Lake.
This year's Classic will again feature a celebrity golf tournament, BBQ and auction the day prior to the fishing tournament, as well as youth events, boat raffle and a special "pre-Classic" tournament.
Among those scheduled to attend are ESPN's Jimmy Houston, pro bass anglers Cecil Kingsley of Lawrence and Brent Chapman, Storm Lure pro angler Jim Morton, pro angler Gene Pearcy and fishing guide Clyde Holscher.
The Classic will actually begin on June 2-3 with the City Lakes Fishing Tournament. Participants will ply the waters at Gridley, Lebo and New Strawn Lakes for a chance at hooking tagged fish worth up to $5,000.
The celebrity golf tourney will be on June 5 at Rock Creek Country Club in Burlington and Indian Hills in New Strawn.
Following the golf, Gov. Graves will host a BBQ and public auction at Rock Creek CCC. Items to be auctioned include: Kansas Speedway Corporation ticket package, autographed George Brett Hall of Fame Bat, slot in Governor's One Shot Turkey Hunt and a "Hall of Fame" baseball signed by George Brett, Len Dawson, and Tom Watson.
The Classic tournament will include two separate competitions a weigh-in for the largest largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye and wiper and a paper tournament for all fish returned to the water.
While the adults are on the water, young anglers from the Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs program will be learning about fish biology, conservation, water safety and casting techniques.
One youngster will be honored for winning the youth essay contest, in which participants were asked to write an essay on why they enjoy fishing.
The festivities will conclude with a raffle for a new Tracker Marine boat and shoreline fishing with the kids, the governor and his guests.