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January 10, 2014

Annual fishing derby returns to Gainesville

Gainesville — Gainesville Parks & Recreation is gearing up once again for its favorite kid event of the year – Kids Trout Fishing Derby.

The Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department’s 11th annual “Kid’s Trout Fishing Derby 2014” is for youth ages 16 and under. The not-for-profit derby is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Keneteso Park Pond at 1800 S. Weaver St. in Gainesville.

The program goal is to release catchable size rainbow trout in the pond and to introduce youth from Gainesville and the surrounding cities to the joys of fishing.

“The Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department will have Keneteso Park Pond stocked with over 2,500 trout to increase the odds of a memorable fishing experience,” Gainesville parks and recreation director Patrick McCage said, adding the event is free to youth participants.

There is a catch limit of five trout per person.

“The youngsters will need to furnish their own fishing pole and bait (caned corn, marshmallows, or bright colors were successful last year),” McCage said.

Guardians should accompany children to assist if needed.

The fishing outing will also include prizes.

“Contests that will take place in these categories will include but are not limited to, longest cast, most accurate cast and longest fish,” McCage said.

Participants should bring equipment to take their fish home if they wish. Participants may also catch and release their fish back into the Keneteso Park Pond.

Fish should not be discarded in trash cans and cleaning fish in the park is prohibited.

Participants need not preregister.

“The day of the event just show up, register for prizes, sign a waiver and start fishing,” McCage said. “Throughout the day there will be random drawings for prizes. The final contest –  ‘longest fish’ will take place at 1:30 p.m. So come on out and enjoy beautiful Keneteso Park of Gainesville Texas.”

The Parks & Recreation Department is still seeking sponsorships and partnerships to assist with the expense of purchasing the trout and prizes to be given away.

McCage said businesses that may offer interesting prizes that children would like to receive for the drawings are encouraged to call him for information.

To find out how to donate or to learn more about the upcoming fishing event call McCage at 940-668-4530.

 

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