The Finger Lakes Conservation Club held its 19th free day of fishing for kids on June 25 on Oak Island in Waterloo. This year 137 children registered at the end of the day.
The weather was perfect and all the youngsters seemed to have enjoyed themselves.
Ed Mitchell, chairman of the annual event, said the young anglers caught bullhead, bass and sunfish. After the photo ops, all the fish were released back into the channel.
“Members of the Finger Lakes Conservation Club would like to thank all of our sponsors,” said Mitchell. “It is thanks to their generosity that we can organize this event for our community. I encourage everyone to read our sponsor boards and support those who support us.
“It takes many hours of planning every year to make your day successful, but it’s worth it when you see the fun kids and families have.”
See the list of all sponsors in the attached group photo.
Mitchell said the members who volunteer to work for this event are proud to be able to organize this special day.
“Most of us hunt and fish and want to see more kids involved in those types of outdoor activities,” he said.
Wayne County Youth Derby
The 25th Annual Wayne County Youth Fishing Derby is underway. Anglers ages 4-16 can register to fish Wayne County waters. The excitement youngsters show when they catch a fish for the first time is fun to watch and they get hooked.
Last year, Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs handed out medallions and a fishing rod to six 4-year-old anglers. All of these recipients are back this year.
“And that’s what it’s all about,” said Maxine Appleby of the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District. “Fishing is a fantastic activity that allows children to get out and interact with the environment. With a little preparation and patience, parents can have their kids catching their first fish in no time. Building memories on the water is extremely rewarding.
The Fishing Derby is divided into three separate tournaments:
• The Al Shultz is for anglers aged 4 to 7 years old. Catch five fish: bass, pumpkinseed, bluegill, perch, and smallmouth or largemouth bass.
• The Merchants’ Challenge, supported by many businesses in the region, is aimed at 8-16 year olds. Participants must catch perch, walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Anglers can register as many fish as they wish, but a prize is awarded to the angler with the heaviest total weight of their last five fish.
• All anglers are registered in the Species Challenge.
Everyone is invited to the McDonald’s Awards Ceremony on August 7 at the Sodus Bay Sportsman’s Club at Sodus Point. The following companies, entities and individuals are supporting the derby: Katlynn Marine; Rubinos on Sodus Bay; Sodus Point Outfitters; Captain Jack’s Goodtime Tavern; Unisex PJ Lounge; Charters of fishing magicians; Sue and David Williamson; The Franklin House; KC Baily Orchards; Auto Toque; Dynalec Corp.; National Bank of Lyon; Breeze Lake Fruit Farms; Ashley Insurance; Lyon Veterinary Clinic; JJ Dog House; Mack’s Body Shop; Cornerstone of real estate; Ely & Leene Insurance Agency; Joey’s Northside grocery store; Fowler Marina; Madness Recovered; Sodus Bay Sports Club; Termatec Molding Co.; V&C development; Finger Lakes Aquaculture; Humbert Farms; Clingerman Taxidermy; the Paton market; Walmart; Tim Thomas; Jarvis bait; Krenzer Marine of Davenport; Bay Bridge bait; Wayne County Tourism; Palmyra CountryMax; and Nancy Wilkes of McDonald’s.
COL Summer Derby 2022
The Lake Ontario Counties Summer Trout and Salmon Derby begins today, July 2, and runs until the last day of this month.
There is $36,875 in cash prizes up for grabs, including $10,000 for the heaviest salmon weighed during the tournament.
There are five divisions in all: salmon, lake trout, walleye, brown trout and rainbow trout. The division prizes are as follows: first, $1,000; second, $600; third, $300; fourth, $200; fifth, $100; sixth through 10th, $75 each; From 11 to 20, $50 each.
See all price offers and find registration forms at www.loc.org.
Chris Kenyon’s “Outdoors” appears in all other weekend editions. Contact Chris at (315) 879-1341 or [email protected]