ANDREWS — Children ages 2 to 14 are invited to have fun, win prizes, and learn to catch and release fish during fishing derbies on June 2 at Mississinewa and Salamonie lakes, J. Edward Roush Fish & Wildlife Area and Ouabache State Park.
The derbies are hosted by Upper Wabash Interpretive Services in recognition of the statewide Free Fishing Weekend. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with fishing from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. An awards ceremony follows.
Prizes, bait, and staffing support are being donated by Bozarth’s Campground and Country Store, Peace Pipe Bait, Woody’s Spillway, Riverside Sporting Goods, Indiana Conservation Officers, Bluffton Optimists, Walmart and the Friends of the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services group.
The derbies are free. Participants should register in advance for their derby of choice by calling (260) 468-2127.
“Each participating child goes home with a prize,” Marvin McNew, director of UWIS, said. “There are grand prizes for the largest fish caught and prizes for each of three age categories. Each child can win only one of these large prize packages.”
Children will be divided into age categories 2 to 5, 6 to 10, and 11 to 14. Prizes include fishing tackle, tackle boxes, fishing rods and reels, and many other items.
Salamonie’s derby will be in the Lost Bridge West Recreation Area. Mississinewa’s derby will be in the Miami Recreation Area. Roush’s derby will be in the Little Turtle Area off S.R. 5.
The standard entrance fee of $5 per in-state vehicle and $7 per for out-of-state vehicle will be in effect when the gatehouse is open.
Upper Wabash Interpretive Services is at 3691 S. New Holland Road, Andrews, 46702.