3 Reasons to Participate in a Fishing Derby

Spring fishing is now in full swing. Water temperatures are warm enough that fish are active and there are opportunities galore. If you plan on taking kids fishing, there even are fishing derbies, clinics, and various kid events scheduled around the country. For example, there are clinics in Colorado in May, some upcoming in Indiana, and Mississippi recently held a “fish rodeo.”

Here are 3 reasons to check out these events:

  1. Learn.
    There will be instructors and volunteers there to offer tips for casting, knot tying, and landing fish.

  2. Free stuff.
    In addition to prizes for the winners of fishing contests, there may be drawings for free fishing rods, tackle, or hot dogs during the day. Many events even provide bait.

  3. Fun.
    The waters at a kid fishing day are loaded with fish and the odds of catching something are very good. For example, a small pond at the Rimersburg, rod and gun club in western Pennsylvania gets stocked with 300 jumbo trout for their kid derby in early May. The Oklahoma Expo loads their pond with channel catfish.

Whatever the event is called in your area, it is a great opportunity to share some fishing fun.

Do you plan on taking a kid to a fishing derby? Don’t forget that you can check our website to find state information on how to get a fishing license.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.