In 1986, the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife Youth Fishing Tournament was established to introduce the state's young people to the sport of fishing, along with the catch-and-release approach to conservation. Since the first tournament, the event has grown to upwards of more than 200 contestants participating in each of Delaware's three counties.
Sponsored by the Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, this year’s 31st Annual Youth Fishing Tournament is being held at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Akridge Scout Reservation in Camden, and at the dog training area of Lums Pond State Park in Bear.
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. Prizes will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. 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. For an entry form, please click here.
Winners receive prizes as well as trophies, and all registered youth in attendance will receive participation prizes. The 2017 Youth Fishing Tournament winners will be presented with their trophies at the DNREC Awards ceremony on Governors Day at the 2017 Delaware State Fair in Harrington.