Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife to host
28th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament on June 7
Entry forms available now online
DOVER (June 2, 2014) – As part of its activities for National Fishing Week, June 1-8, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold its 28th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 7 at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Silver Lake Park in Dover – a new location for Kent County this year – and at the dog training area of Lums Pond State Park in Bear.
Kent County tournament participants at Silver Lake Park are asked to use the parking lot at the end of Washington Street, off of North State Street. A canopy tent for registration and weighing fish will be set up in the field south of the swimming beach, near the spillway. Young anglers will be able to fish on both sides of the spillway.
The tournament is open to youths ages 4 through 15. An adult must accompany youths under age 12 and contestants must bring their own fishing equipment. Catch and release will be taught and encouraged. Prizes will be awarded in three age groups: 4 through 7, 8 through 11 and 12 through 15. The tournament is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to arrive before 10 a.m. to register for the tournament.
The tournament was established to introduce youth to the sport of fishing and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation.
“Since the tournament’s first year in ‘86, the event has grown tremendously and has exposed more than 200 youths each year to sport fishing,” said Senior Cpl. Carl Winckoski, of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Enforcement Section, which sponsors the tournament.
In addition to the fishing tournament celebrating National Fishing Week, the Division of Fish and Wildlife has designated June 7 and 8 as free fishing days when anyone may fish in Delaware waters without a fishing license.
Anglers are reminded that even though they don’t need a license to fish on those two days, those who are age 16 and older are still required to obtain a free Fisherman Identification Network (F.I.N.) number, available online at www.delaware-fin.com or by calling 1-800-432-9228. Anglers also are required to comply with Delaware’s fishing regulations, including size and daily catch limits.
For more information on the Youth Fishing Tournament, please call 302-739-9913. For an entry form, click Youth Fishing Tournament registration.
The Youth Fishing Tournament is part of Delaware’s Children in Nature Initiative, a statewide effort to improve environmental literacy in Delaware, create opportunities for children to participate in enriching outdoor experiences, combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. Delaware’s multi-agency initiative, which partners state and federal agencies with community organizations, is part of the national No Child Left Inside program.
Vol. 44, No. 185