Keith Lockwood, Fisheries Biologist
- Oxford, MD
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Posted on June 5, 2012 | Permalink
Salisbury Youth Fishing Derby
Location: Salisbury City Park Lake
Parents, grandparents and anyone else who would take a child fishing showed up at the Salisbury City Park Lake this past Saturday for a good old fishing derby. The lake had been stocked recently with plenty of bluegills by the fisheries service and our young anglers came prepared with their theme related fishing outfits with logos on them such as Barbie and Spiderman along with plenty of worms and bobbers. They lined the sides of the lake and when the starting horn sounded 192 young anglers began casting bobbers and worms for all they were worth. The local resident Canada geese beat a hasty retreat and the lake belonged to the kids for the next two hours. The park officials staffed the registration tables and kids were constantly running to the tables to enter their fish. Bluegills were by far the most common catch but a big carp was landed and even a couple of hapless painted turtles but by far the most unusual catch was a 14 inch snakehead caught Mason Shahan. USGS officials will be doing DNA analysis on the snakehead to try and determine where it could have possible come from.
As the one minute warning was announced and officials began the final countdown to the last 10-seconds of the tournament; Jonah Corry came running with his “last minute” bluegill entry and made it to the table with only a few seconds to spare. I saw a lot of happy adults and children and an event like this does warm the heart of anyone who loves kids or fishing. One grandfather approached me and relayed the story that he brought his daughter to this fishing derby 38-years ago and he was here this year with his great granddaughter. He also mentioned that last year his granddaughter won the fishing challenge drawing and by her request he came all the way from Arkansas to go on a sea bass fishing trip with her off of Ocean City; when she was drawn for a free fishing trip at the awards ceremony at Sandy Point State Park. There was a lot of anticipation as the drawing was held for the 2012 Fishing Challenge Youth Winner and Emily Ross was all smiles and her dad was very excited about the prospect of winning a free fishing trip provided by one of the Fishing Challenge sponsors.