DNREC’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police to host 31st Annual Youth Fishing Tournament June 3
Tournament marks the start of National Fishing & Boating Week June 3-11; entry forms online
DOVER (May 25, 2017) – As part of activities for National Fishing and Boating Week, June 3-11, DNREC’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police will hold its 31st Annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 3 at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Akridge Scout Reservation in Camden and at the dog training area of Lums Pond State Park in Bear. This is the first year the new Akridge Scout Reservation’s pond has been the tournament’s Kent County site.
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: 4-7, 8-11 and 12-15. 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, this event has grown tremendously and has exposed more than 200 youths each year to sport fishing,” said Lt. John McDerby of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, which sponsors the tournament.
In addition to the fishing tournament celebrating National Fishing and Boating Week, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated June 3 and 4 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, including the registration form, please call 302-739-9913 or click 2017 Youth Fishing Tournament.