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Posted on June 14, 2011 | Permalink

Youth Fishing tournament at Patterson Park in Baltimore City

Type: Freshwater
Region: Northern
Location: Patterson Park

Checking out the weekly fishing overview, I was reminded about the Youth Fishing tournament at Patterson Park in Baltimore City.

We had to squeeze it in between a birthday party and Honfest, but my daughter was game to go the “fishing party”. First we visited the arts and crafts table provided by the Audubon society, and then played some games. We finally decided it was time to fish and half a night crawler put us on top of the leader board on the first cast. I was pretty surprised myself, when I said, “you better real that in kiddo”, and then had to notch over the drag on the Barbie princess fishing pole while she was cranking it in. Eventually we got edged into second place, but I was bursting with pride anyway. Lots of fish got caught, and the event staff was furiously weighing them in, and then re-baiting hooks. Every fish caught was entered into a raffle for a rod and reel combo, and everyone who caught a fish also got entered once for a guided trip courtesy of DNR. The guy who won first prize doubled down, so that’s really a good day out at the pond!

I’d really like to thank the Friends of Patterson Park, Baltimore City Parks&Rec, and the DNR for providing the bait and poles for any kid who wanted to go fishing Saturday. It kept threatening to rain, but never did, and I think only two people got hooked... but there were plenty of blue gill and bass that put a smile on everyone’s faces.

If you live in the city, the pond in Patterson park is a great place to take the kids. There’s a big playground nearby, ducks to feed, and plenty of scrappy blue gills to keep you busy. However, it’s all catch and release only- in fact a couple of those blue gill didn’t even have an upper portion of their mouths anymore.

Tags: Youth Fishing, Maryland Fishing Challenge, Junior Angler