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32nd Annual Youth Fishing Tournament

As part of its activities for National Fishing and Boating Week, June 2–10, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold its 31st annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Saturday June 2, 2018. The event will take place at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Akridge Scout Reservation in Camden, 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 and Boating Week, the Division has designated June 2 and 3, 2018 as free fishing days when anyone may fish in Delaware’s waters without a fishing license.

2018 “Take a Kid Fishing!” Program

Do you know a child or young teen who might enjoy learning about fishing and trying their hand at landing a fish? In the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Take a Kid Fishing! program, they can do just that! Sponsored by DNREC’s Aquatic Resources Education Center, Take a Kid Fishing! teaches young people fundamental fishing skills and conservation. This free event also features activity stations, prizes and of course, fishing. All equipment will be provided.

Events for 2018

  • May 12 at the Aquatic Resources Education Center in Smyrna 9AM–12PM
  • June 2 at the Aquatic Resources Education Center in Smyrna 9AM–12PM
  • June 9 at the Aquatic Resources Education Center in Smyrna 9AM–12PM
  • June 23 at the Aquatic Resources Education Center in Smyrna 9AM–12PM
  • June 27 at the Aquatic Resources Education Center in Smyrna 9AM–12PM
  • July 14 at Redden State Forest in Georgetown 10AM–1PM

Updates to this schedule will be announced on the Division of Fish and Wildlife Facebook page and the F&W website (go to http://de.gov/takf).

Registration

Participation in the program is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. To register or get more information on our Take a Kid Fishing! program, please contact Mary Rivera at mary.rivera@state.de.us or (302) 735-8666.

This program is part of Delaware’s Children in Nature Initiative, a statewide effort to improve environmental literacy in Delaware, create opportunities for children to participate in enriching outdoor experiences, combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. Delaware’s multi-agency initiative, which partners state and federal agencies with community organizations, is in conjunction with the national No Child Left Inside program.

New Aquatic Resources Education Center

You can learn about native Delaware sportfish and fishing opportunities in the First State by visiting Delaware’s new Aquatic Resources Education (ARE) Center on the Route 9 Bayshore Byway in Smyrna. The center offers two stocked catch and release fishing ponds and a unique vantage point for exploring the tidal salt marsh bordering Delaware Bay. There is a boardwalk over the marsh, plus trails and interpretive signs with information about ARE features including the popular Take A Kid Fishing! Program.