22nd annual Detroit Fishing Derby at Palmer Park May 19

DETROIT, MI – More than 500 youths are expected to become anglers on Saturday, May 19, 2018 when the 22nd annual Detroit Fishing Derby gets underway at Lake Frances in Palmer Park.

Spearheaded by Hook, Line and Sinker Inc. and co-sponsored by the Detroit Recreation Department, this free fishing derby will have two sessions in which kids ages 7-14 can participate.

• Morning session has a 9 a.m. registration, with the event from 10-11:30 a.m.
• Afternoon session runs from 1-2:30 p.m., with registration starting at noon.

Participants must be accompanied by an adult, and prizes will be awarded.

Based on the old adage of “teach a man how to fish,” this event exposes kids to a sport that isn’t commonly shown to city youths, said founder Gary Williams. Every year, Lake Frances is loaded up with approximately 3,000 Bluegill, and volunteers teach kids the simple steps of how to fish.

“Our volunteers are critical in teaching young people the basics, like how to hook and toss a line, and overall catching a fish,” said Williams, who founded Hook, Line and Sinker Inc. in 1995. “We want to show kids how to engage in positive outdoor experiences, sports and recreational activities.”

Kids should bring their own fishing equipment and live bait, but equipment is also available at the park. There will also be a raffle.

More volunteers are needed to make this event an absolute success. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer, please meet at Palmer Park’s Lake Frances at 8 a.m. on the 19th.

This year’s sponsors include Detroit Area Steelheaders, Greektown Casino-Hotel, MGM Grand-Detroit, Toyota-Page Honda, Safari Club International-Southeast Bowhunters Chapter, UPS and Wayne County Sheriff’s Youth and Seniors Fund, Downriver Walleye Federation, Bass Pro Shops and the DTE Energy Foundation.

Registration forms for the derby are available at all Detroit recreation centers. For more information, call (313)865-0386 or (313) 224-1100.






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