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27th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament

YFT-winner_opt_opt.jpgAs part of its activities for National Fishing Week, June 1-9, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold its 27th annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday June 8. The event will take place at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Wyoming Pond in Town Park, Wyoming, and at the Lums Pond State Park dog training area.

This fishing event is for youths ages 4 to 15. An adult must accompany youths under age 12 and contestants should bring their own fishing equipment. The tournament is free to the public and prizes will be awarded in three age groups: 4-7; 8-11; and 12-15.

The tournament was established to introduce youth to the sport of fishing and to teach the catch and release approach to conservation. There is no pre-registration nor entrance fee required and the tournament is held rain or shine.

In addition to the youth fishing tournament celebrating National Fishing Week, the Division has designated June 8 and 9 as free fishing days when anyone may fish in Delaware’s waters without a fishing license.

Delaware’s Small Pond Program

The Division has nine small ponds scattered throughout the State which offer shore angling targeted at youth. The ponds range from ½ to 8 acres and contain good populations of largemouth bass and bluegill. Catch and release is the order of the day so barbless hooks are required at most. A brochure listing the pond locations and available facilities is available online (, or by calling 302-735-8650.

Laurel Hossler receives a trophy from Sr. Cpl. Richard Blaasch for catching the most fish in her age group at the Lums Pond Youth Fishing Tournament.

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