Division of Fish and Wildlife to Host 22nd Annual Youth Fishing Tournament on June 7

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As part of its activities for National Fishing Week, June 1-8, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold its 22nd Annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 7 at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Wyoming Pond in Town Park, Wyoming, and at the dog training area at Lums Pond State Park in Bear.

The tournament is open to youths ages 4 to 15. An adult must accompany youths under age 12 and contestants must bring their own fishing equipment. Prizes will be awarded in three age groups: 4 to 7, 8 to 11 and 12 to 15. The tournament is free and open to the public.

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 Carol Weyant, Division of Fish and Wildlife.

In addition to the fishing tournament celebrating National Fishing Week, the Division has designated June 7 and 8 as free fishing days when anyone may fish in Delaware’s non-tidal waters without a fishing license. 

For more information on the Youth Fishing Tournament, please call 302-739-9913 or visit www.fw.delaware.gov/Fisheries/Pages/2008YouthFishingTournament.aspx.  An entry form is also available on the website.