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Something fishy coming to Seneca

Catfish and bluegills will be stocked in time for the sixth annual Free Youth Fishing Derby scheduled for Saturday, May 5, at the Seneca Land Lab (Ag Farm) Pond, 2776 E. 28th Road. 

Children 12 years of age and younger from Seneca, Mazon and Milton Pope grade schools can begin registering 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.
On Friday, May 4, 500 pounds of catfish and 600 pounds of hybrid bluegill will be added to the pond. After weigh-ins, all fish will be released.
Prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m. for first fish caught by a girl or boy and largest fish with the heaviest weight of 2.5 catfish; and two to 10 bluegills.
A rain date of Sunday, May 6, is scheduled with the same times and at the same place, said organizer George Oswald.
Each child must be accompanied by an adult and bring their own fishing pole. Fishing gear will be provided if necessary, but it should be returned by the end of the day. Buckets will be provided to hold all the caught fish for weigh-ins and those should also be returned for use next year. All catches will be registered.
If needed, bait and/or tackle will be provided. Any unused bait should be returned at the end of the derby. 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.

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