Elks Youth Fishing Derby to be Held Saturday
“ ‘Let’s go fishing’. Those are the words youngsters have been waiting all winter to hear from their parents, grandparents or other relatives,” stated Elks Exalted Ruler Tai Ireland.
And to help make that happen for area youth, the Presque Isle Elks, Lodge #1954, will be hosting, for the eighteenth consecutive year, the Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Mantle Lake Park in Presque Isle, starting at 8:00 a.m..
According to event chair Alan Harding, the youth fishing derby is totally free of charge to all area youth over the age of 3 years and under 16 years. Registration for the fishing derby will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 10:00 a.m. Starting time for the fishing derby is also 8:00 a.m., and it ends at noon on Saturday, June 2.
First prize will be awarded to the young person who catches the longest fish. Special prizes will also be given to the first youngster to catch a fish, as well as the youth who catches the greatest total length of fish for the five-fish limit, and to the youngest boy or girl to catch a fish. Because every registered contestant is considered to be a winner at the Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs Youth Fishing Derby, each will be entitled to select a prize from a wide array of articles for outdoor activities, from soccer balls to bicycle helmets.
“Every young boy or girl who is old enough to hold a fishing pole and is under the age of 16 years and wants to fish or to learn to fish is encouraged to attend,” said Harding. “As in previous years, the only thing that a young person needs to bring to the Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs Youth Fishing Derby is a supervising adult,” Harding said. “If the supervising adult is unable to provide the young person with a fishing pole or bait, the Presque Isle Elks, with the assistance of OMM Outfitters, Ben’s Trading Post, The Aroostook County Conservation Association, Taylor’s Worms, and Plano, will see that they are equipped to go fishing.
In addition to the opportunity to fish, the Presque Isle Elks will be providing free hot dogs, potato chips, drinks, and ice cream for the young anglers and their adult supervisors while they are at the fishing derby.
The, Maine Fish and Wildlife will stock Mantle Lake with legal size trout before the derby.
The Presque Isle Fish and Game Club is continuing its long tradition of providing the derby’s first place prize, a lifetime fishing license. Adults who are attending the fishing derby to accompany a young person will be eligible for drawings, for several highly desirable prizes, including a weekend stay at a lakeside lodge and season passes to the North Maine Woods.
Further information on the Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs Youth Fishing Derby is available from the Presque Isle Elks Lodge at 764-0985 or Alan Harding at 764-0131.
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