Kids Fishing Derby coming in May |

Kids Fishing Derby coming in May

Staff reports

The popular Kids Fishing Derby is planned for the end of May.

“Our Kids Fishing Derby has been growing at an amazing rate,” said co-chairman of the event, Carolyn Kilpatrick.

“Approximately 300 kids fished the first year,” she said. “Last year, our seventh, more than 2,200 kids showed up to fish. We are one of the most successful derbies in terms of fishing success – particularly among free derbies.”

The theme is “Get Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs.” The derby is operated by the non-profit organization Kids Fishing Derby ’97, and participants include Douglas County Parks and Recreation, Lahontan National Fish Hatchery and the Nevada Division of Wildlife.

The fishing derby will be held in the stream at Lampe Park May 31 and June 1.

The derby is free to all youths aged 2 to 12. There is a special time slot for individuals with physical and mental disabilities. Fish hooks and bait are provided free of charge and loaner poles where needed.

In addition to the fishing, Operation Game Thief, the fish hatchery and Nevada Division of Wildlife will have booths and educational displays. Douglas County Search and Rescue will have a booth demonstrating mountain-climbing techniques.

Ronald McDonald and Bobby the Boat will make appearances.

Limited spaces are available for each time slot, so kids and their parents are asked to register early. One parent may accompany a preschool child during the derby, and parents are asked to supervise their children when they are not fishing.

For more information, call the recreation division at 782-9828.