Youth fishing derby set next Saturday

Published 12:47 am Saturday, June 4, 2016

The “Get Outdoors” Youth Fishing Derby will be held on June 11 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the pond located beside the USDA Service Center in Andalusia, Ala. Youth ages 3 to 15 can participate and will need to bring their own bait and tackle (up to two fishing poles each). The U.S. Forest Service is partnering with the Kiwanis Club of Andalusia, National Wild Turkey Federation, Covington County Natural Resource Conservation Service, Covington County 4-H and the Alabama Department of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries to hold the event to encourage local youth to get outdoors and enjoy a day of fishing.

The Kiwanis Club of Andalusia and the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will provide prizes.  The fish will be stocked by the U.S. Forest Service – Conecuh National Forest.  In addition to fishing, there are other activities occurring throughout the day with prize drawings, a casting contest and free refreshments.

“This is a great time to introduce a child to fishing.” said Steve Johnson, wildlife biologist at Conecuh National Forest.  “The stocked pond offers a good chance of catching a fish quickly.”

Last year, almost 70 youth participated in the fishing derby.  Last year’s winner for the “Biggest Fish” category was a 4 lbs 7 oz catfish.   The “Most Fish” category was won with a stringer full of 21 fish.

Daks Kennedy, district recreation program manager for Conecuh National Forest said, “This event is a good opportunity for parents to get their kids outdoors and spend time enjoying nature together as a family.”