Southgate holds fishing derby

April 29, 2017 by  

Young people in the Southgate are getting ready for the Southgate Optimist Club’s Annual Fishing Derby. The event provides fun and valuable first experiences in angling.

The goal of the event is to help younger people in the region learn more about the art of fishing. The lake by the community center has been stocked with plenty of fish, and on the morning of the derby, the kids will go out and cast their lines to try to catch the biggest one they can. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish caught in each age group, and a casting competition will also be held, giving prizes for the best technique in casting a line.

Aside from the competitions, volunteers from the Optimist Club will be on hand to help participants with their fishing technique. Though informational brochures about technique are available through the Department of Fish and Game, the derby offers an opportunity to get real practice in. After three hours of fishing, a free lunch will be served to all participants.

The Southgate Fishing Derby will be held on May 13 from 9:00 am to noon at the Southgate Community Center, located at 301 W. Walnut St. Registration begins at 8:30 am the day of the event. Participation is free for all youths in the area. Anyone looking for more info should contact the Optimist Club directly.