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Posted on June 7, 2011 | Permalink

Herrington Manor State Park Rodeo

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Herrington Manor State Park

Herrington Manor State Park hosted their annual Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, June 4, at Herrington Lake. Park staff along with Western Garrett County State Parks volunteers were on hand to assist with registration, weighing and measuring fish, and assisting the 60 plus kids with fish handling and hook removal. Each participant was given a bag of plastic worms, night crawlers, and lunch.

The weather was fantastic and the fishing was even better, the young anglers were catching many of the recently stocked rainbow and golden trout, plus some of the largest sunfish I've seen. One young angler, Brett , was heading to Bill's Outdoor World to register his citation size chain pickerel. Prizes were awarded for the heaviest fish in three separate age categories (under 6, 7-11, and 12-16)

I was there to represent DNR-Fisheries in support of the Youth Component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim. Ty Miller, age 11, was the lucky angler selected to move on to the finale' which will be held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival on September 10, 2011 at Sandy Point Park. Ty will be in a special drawing for youth for one of the many fishing trips donated by our partners

Tags: Junior Anglers, Youth Fishing, Maryland Fishing Challenge,

Posted on May 23, 2011 | Permalink

MARYLAND FISHING CHALLENGE - Youth Component

Type: Freshwater
Region: Northern
Location: Gwynnbrook Pond

The Northwest MSSA Chapter #4 hosted their 2nd annual Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, May 21, at Gwynnbrook Pond. Organizer, Harvey Riley says they hold this event to teach the kids when they are young so they continue fishing. In order to continue fishing, the MSSA Chapter provided a fishing rod and reel to all kids. In addition, all kids got a "goody" bag stuffed with fishing tackle, a t-shirt and educational material and MSSA also provided lunch. Many volunteers were on hand to assist the 22 young anglers (ages 3 to 15) with casting, baiting and fishing. A Reserve Officer from MD Natural Resources Police was on site and handed out MD Fishing Guides.

The fishing was good on Saturday; every youth angler caught fish including hybrid sunfish (stocked by MD DNR Fisheries Service), bluegills and bullheads. "Today the girls are out fishing the boys", Harvey says. This was evident with Haille catching a whooping 24 fish on the day. Prizes were awarded for the largest fish (boy and girl) and most fish overall.

I was there to represent DNR-Fisheries in support of our partnering with MSSA for the Youth Component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim. Devin Angleberger, age 14, was the lucky angler selected to move on to the finale' which will be held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival on September 10, 2011 at Sandy Point Park. Devin will be in a special drawing for youth for one of the many fishing trips donated by our partners.

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Tags: Maryland Fishing Challenge Youth Component

Posted on May 18, 2011 | Permalink

Boonsboro Fishing Rodeo

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Boonsboro

The Boonsboro Town Council sponsored the annual rodeo event on May 14th at Boonsboro Pond in the Schafer Memorial Park.

The rain didn’t stop the 127 kids from coming out to fish for the 400 trout that were stocked by AP Hatchery. The younger age group 1-6 year olds fished from 8:30-10:30. As coordinator Rich Hawkins announced the start of the rodeo, it didn’t take long for the first trout to be pulled from the pond. Each angler was allowed to keep 3 trout and some of the youngster had their limit with-in a half an hour including Evan who was among the first to catch his limit. The older group (7-12 year olds) fished from 11:00 to 1:00, not sure if they were as successful as the younger kids as it seem the fish stopped biting shortly after 12:00 noon, however the total fish caught for the day was over 175.

A core group of about 10 volunteers have been assisting with this event for the past 18 years and are responsible for securing donations for door prizes, $5 gift cards from local businesses and lunch. They also provide a limited number of loaner rod and reels and plenty of bait. One added bonus was a fish cleaning station, this was especially helpful since all kids could have their trout cleaned right away so all Mom and Dad have to do is cook it up.

Tags: Junior Anglers, Youth Rodeo, Maryland Fishing Challenge Featuring Diamond Jim, Youth Fishing Club

Posted on April 12, 2011 | Permalink

City Catch

Type: Freshwater
Region: Northern
Location: Leakin Park, Baltimore

The damp chilly weather didn’t stop Baltimore youth from coming out to fish Dead Run in Leakin Park on Saturday morning, April 9th. These youth were taking part in the Maryland Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) “City Catch” program which is run in cooperation with Baltimore City Parks and Recreation to introduce intercity youth to fishing and fun in the outdoors. Approximately 90 kids ranging in age from 5 to 16 were given new rods and reels courtesy of TU and Tochtermans Tackle Shop and teamed up with the 40 plus TU volunteers for a morning of trout fishing. Trout were purchased and stocked by the local TU chapters.

Assistant Fisheries Director Don Cosden, myself and a young TU volunteer named Thomas Perkins, instructed 6 youngsters in the fine art of fishing a small stream for trout. This included repeated demonstrations on retrieving tackle from trees and bushes and untangling lines from rod tips and each others tackle. The fishing was slow for the first few hours and some of the kids were getting a little chilly but once the trout started to cooperate the chill was quickly gone. About a dozen kids converged on one good hole where they could see the trout. They took turns casting to the fish while the others watched. The excitement and decibel level of the group went up with every trout caught. By the time the call went out for lunch our group had only caught 2 trout but they didn’t want to stop. I heard several kids and mentors say they were going back to get ‘em after lunch.

Baltimore City Parks and Recreation provided hotdogs and drinks and nice certificates for each child. In addition because TU and Baltimore City Parks and Recreation are partners with DNR for the Maryland Fishing Challenge, ten lucky anglers were selected to go on a striper fishing trip to help tag “Diamond Jim” in June.

One little girl in our group was really determined to catch a fish. While some of the boys were more interested in seeing who could cast the furthest, she worked hard and listened to our instruction. When she did eventually get one she was quite proud. I was really excited to see her name come up as one of the lucky ones to join us on our rockfish tagging trip later this year. On my way home I was thinking that we may have just created one new angler to care for Maryland waters in the future.

Tags: Youth Anglers

Posted on August 17, 2010 | Permalink

Summary of the Kent Island Fishermen, MSSA Chapter #7: MARYLAND FISHING CHALLENGE- Youth Component

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Eastern
Location: Romancoke Fishing Pier, Kent Island

The Kent Island Fishermen, MSSA Chapter #7 hosted their 5th annual Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, August 14, at Romancoke Fishing Pier. MSSA club members Mike Mitchell and David Grapes co-chaired this great event. The weather was awesome, the tide was just right, and the fish were biting! Kids were catching plenty of spot, perch, gar up to 18 inches, and even a few stripers and one bluefish was caught. The most unusual catch of the day was an anchovy. Many volunteers were on hand to assist the 75+ young anglers (ages 3 to 15) get their catch measured in hopes to win one of the selected prizes. Prizes were awarded for the smallest, largest, most, and most unusual fish in age group (3-5, 6-10 and 11-15). All winners received a trophy and a gift. Kids and their parents were also treated to a lunch. During lunch, Natural Resources Police Reserve Officers were on hand to give a talk and brief demonstration on boat safety.

I was there to represent DNR-Fisheries in support of our partnering with MSSA for the Youth Component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim. Eryk Vincent, age 9, was the lucky angler selected to move on to the finale which will be held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival on September 11 at Sandy Point Park.

Tags: Junior Anglers, Maryland Fishing Challenge Featuring Diamond Jim, MSSA, Kent Island, Youth

Posted on August 10, 2010 | Permalink

Summary of the Essex River MSSA Chapter #3 MARYLAND FISHING CHALLENGE Youth Component

Type: Freshwater
Region: Northern
Location: Wilson Point Park, Middle River

The Essex River MSSA Chapter #3 hosted their 3rd annual Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, August 7, at Wilson Point Park (Middle River). The MSSA Chapter provided a fishing rod to all first timers to this event plus all kids got a “goody” bag stuffed with fishing tackle and educational material. Many volunteers were on hand to assist the 65+ young anglers (ages 3 to 15) with casting, knot tying, and of course baiting and fishing. Both the casting competition and the fishing contest was divided into two age groups for boys and girls with a 1st & 2nd place for the casting and 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in each age group for the fishing contest. All winners received gift certificates from local tackle shops. The fishing was good on Saturday, the kids were catching plenty of spot, bluegill, white perch, yellow perch and even one rock fish was caught.

I was there to represent DNR-Fisheries in support of our partnering with MSSA for the Youth Component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim. Taylor Mae Edwards, age 11, was the lucky angler selected to move on to the finale which will be held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival on September 11 at Sandy Point Park.

Tags: Maryland Fishing Challenge, Diamond Jim, Junior Anglers, Youth, Rodeo

Posted on July 27, 2010 | Permalink

14th Annual Art Hansen Memorial Youth Fishing Contest

Type: Freshwater
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean Pines Southgate Lake

Ocean Pines Anglers’ hosted the 14th Annual Art Hansen Memorial Youth Fishing Contest on Saturday, July 24th at the Ocean Pines Southgate Lake. A total of 115 young anglers braved the 105° heat index and caught a total of 155 fish. The fishing was a little slow due to the heat however some kids were catching bass over 14 inches. The contest was divided into three age groups with a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place (for largest fish) in each group and the most fish in each group. The winners received a fishing rod & tackle package, trophy, and a Diamond Jim T-shirt from MD DNR.

A variety of fish including white perch, largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill were caught including two 9” perch caught by Vance Jenkins and Erin Sewell to take the top honors in the 4-7 year and 12-16 year age groups. There was a tie for 1st in the 8-11 age group with both Hunter Gross and Matt Repko reeling in a nice 14 ½ “ largemouth bass.

I was there to represent DNR-Fisheries in support of this event and to advance one lucky angler as part of the Youth Component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim Grand Finale ceremony. Timmy Patschorke, age 12, was the lucky angler selected to move on to the finale which will be held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival on September 11 at Sandy Point Park.

Tags: Junior Anglers, Maryland Fishing Challenge Featuring Diamond Jim

Posted on June 21, 2010 | Permalink

Port City Bass Anglers Annual Kids Fishing Festival Summary

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Bynum Run Park

The Port City Bass Anglers hosted the annual Kids Fishing Festival on Saturday, July 17th, at Bynum Run Park. Approximately 25 volunteers from the club were present to assist the 90+kids to experience a day of fishing and fun. The Port City Anglers set up a casting competition, provided lunch for the kids and their parents, and gave door prizes throughout the day. The contest was divided into two age groups with a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in each age group. The winners received a fishing tackle package and trophy and a Diamond Jim T-shirt from MD DNR. The over-all winner (highest combined weight) was Cory Lee Wheeler, age 5. He caught over 20 fish (bullhead and bluegill) for a total weight of 7.61 lbs. Cory was selected as the lucky angler to move onto the final drawing for a mentored fishing trip as part of the Youth Component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim.

Tags: Fishing Challenge, Fishing Derby

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