Metroparks to Host Fishing Derby for Kids

Youngsters can fish for free, compete for prizes May 20 at Wallace Lake

Kids can reel in big fun and fish at Cleveland Metroparks annual Children's Fishing Derby. 

Young anglers ages 4 to 15 can enjoy a day of free fishing fun Sunday, May 20 at Wallace Lake in Mill Stream Run Reservation in Berea. 

The derby is divided into two age groups. Kids 4-8 can fish from 9 a.m. to noon, while anglers ages 9-15 fish from 1-4 p.m.

Each session includes some basic fishing techniques and the fishing derby contests. Youth can also learn how to cast and test their skills at the casting challenge area. There will be plenty of free coaching and fishing guidance from seasoned anglers, too.

Prizes will be awarded in each session for the largest trout, largest other fish caught, smallest fish caught and best cast at the casting challenge.

Live bait is provided along with free informational material. Loaner fishing equipment is available for children who do not have their own, while supplies last. The areas are being specially stocked with rainbow trout and channel catfish for the derbies. The areas are for young anglers only during the derby times.

Participants should bring tackle, as well as a cooler and ice to store their "catch of the day."

Register the day of the event. 

Wallace Lake is located off Valley Parkway in Mill Stream Run Reservation, south of Bagley Road in Berea - west of the I-71/Bagley Road exit.

For more information, call 216-206-1010 or visit clevelandmetroparks.com.


joe simonton May 06, 2012 at 02:47 AM
is this still on ???? I thought there was a giant fish kill in the metroparks
Debbie Palmer May 06, 2012 at 01:00 PM
According to a May 2 Metroparks news release, yep, it's still on.


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