As part of its activities for National Fishing & Boating Week, June 6-14, the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police will hold its 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 6, at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Wyoming Pond in Wyoming 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 younger than 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 being 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 Cpl. John McDerby of the Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, which sponsors the tournament.
In addition to the fishing tournament celebrating National Fishing & Boating Week, the Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated June 6 and 7 as free fishing days, when anyone may fish in Delaware waters without a fishing license.
Anglers are being reminded that even though they don’t need a license to fish on those two days, those who are 16 or older are still required to obtain a free Fisherman Identification Network (FIN) 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, call (302) 739-9913. Registration forms are available online at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/
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.