When Seneca, Mazon and Milton Pope grade school students 12 years and younger bring their fishing poles to the Free Youth Fishing Derby scheduled for Saturday, May 5, at the Seneca Land Lab Pond, 2776 E. 28th Road, they won’t be disappointed with their catches.
The village council approved a request to stock the lab pond with 500 pounds of 1- to 2-pound channel catfish and 600 pounds of 5- to 7-inch hybrid sunfish Friday, May 4. After weigh-ins, all fish will be released.
“Kids will definitely have a good chance of catching something with all of this fish in the pond,” said Mayor David Spicer.
Registration for the sixth annual derby begins at 9:30 a.m for the event that runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The derby is sponsored every year by the Seneca Park and Recreation Board.
A rain date is set for Sunday, May 6, at the same times and in the same place. Hot dogs, chips and lemonade will be provided to all registered kids.
Derby rules specify each child has to be accompanied by an adult; if necessary, fishing gear will be provided, but everything should be turned in by the end of the day.
Buckets will be available to hold all caught fish for weigh-ins and those also should be returned for next year’s use. If needed, bait and/or tackle (night crawlers and wax worms) will be provided. With the exception of minnows, all bait is allowed; any unused bait should be returned at the end of the derby.
All catches will be registered. There is a take-home limit of five catfish and 10 bluegill.
For more information on the Free Youth Fishing Derby, call George Oswald at 815-357-6462.