Kids’ Fishing Derby this weekend |

Kids’ Fishing Derby this weekend

Staff Reports
Alissa Marino, 2015 Miss Douglas County, is seen cleaning fish at the 2015 Kids' Fishing Derby with Stu Hill, who is president of the board of directors for this year's Kids' Fishing Derby.
Tiffany Ellis |

More than 1,000 young anglers are expected to turn out Saturday and Sunday for the 27th annual Kids’ Fishing Derby at Lampe Park.

The derby is free for girls and boys ages 3-12, who have opportunities to fish in four time slots both days. Two-hour sessions start at 8 a.m. both days. A special needs session is open Saturday at 2:30 p.m. to all age groups with disabilities. There will be volunteers for a one-on-one basis for the anglers.

Registration is taken for each of the designated sessions since space is limited along the banks of Willow Creek. Some sessions have filled up already, however, registration will be taken up to the final day at the will-call table.

Last year’s event attracted more than 1,400 youngsters.

Volunteers are still needed to handle such details as set-up and tear-down at the Lampe Park venue, registration, helping youngsters on the stream, fish cleaning, retail sales, food and more.

“They get a hat, they get lunch and they have a lot of fun helping the kids,” said Steve Hamilton, derby spokesman.

Work began on Thursday to stock Willow Creek with 4,000 fish (300 tagged) from the Nevada Department of Wildlife’s Mason Valley Fish Hatchery.

Four grand prize raffle items will be given away on Sunday, including two kids quads, a Louisiana Wood Pellet Grill donated by A.J. Stoves and a $300 gift certificate from Sportsman’s Warehouse.