Yates Youth Fishing Derby set for June 24

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
A young angler proudly shows his catch from an earlier Youth Fishing Derby.

The Yates County Federation Of Conservation Clubs is  holding the 10th Annual Yates County Youth Fishing Derby Saturday, June 24. Fishing is limited to kids 15 years of age and younger, and is limited to Keuka Lake and its tributaries. 

Participation in the Youth Fishing Derby is free of charge, completely supported by community sponsors and donations. The event is also scheduled during N.Y. State’s annual “Free Fishing Weekend” for families to enjoy a day of fishing together without necessarily having to purchase licenses.

Event Chairwoman Cynthia Crain says, “We have the Derby to get kids some exposure to the outdoors—to get them interested in conservation, fishing and hunting, and using the natural resources of the Finger Lakes.” Last year, the Derby had over 80 kids participate. “This year, we’re hoping to make that over 100,” says Crain.

A variety of fishing related prizes, such as poles, reels, and tackle boxes, will be awarded to every participant. “For a lot of kids, this is their first time fishing and it’s a big deal for them,” says Crain. “They get so excited if they make their first catch and come in to weigh it. We want to give them something to remember the day by that will also encourage them to keep fishing.”

One of the major sponsors of the event is Morgan Marine in Penn Yan. “They went above and beyond in their support by paying for all the new prizes!” says Crain. “It brings tears to my eyes when I think about it.” Another returning sponsor the Federation wishes to thank is the Finger Lakes Trollers’ Association.

Pre-registration for the derby is requested before June 24. 

Final weigh-in  will be at 12:30 p.m. at Fireman’s Field in Penn Yan, behind Knapp & Schlappi, where there will also be:

• Food available for purchase beginning at noon

• A kayak raffle, door prizes, and a silent auction

• Demonstrations and hands-on activities for the whole family.

To register, contact Cynthia Crain at 315-350-4083 or Cynkcrain@gmail.com

More information will be provided upon registration.

Find them on Facebook at “10th Annual Yates County Youth Fishing Derby” for updates and information.