Free fishing derby for youth at Tenoroc Fish Management Area
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is sponsoring a free youth freshwater fishing derby at Tenoroc Fish Management Area and Youth Conservation Center in Lakeland on April 4, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. No fishing license is required on this particular weekend but participants must preregister for the derby.
The FWC wants to hook aspiring anglers and their families on the thrill of fishing. During the two-day weekend period both residents and nonresidents alike are exempt from Florida’s freshwater fishing license requirements, courtesy of the state Legislature and Governor.
The special event will be conducted on Derby Lake, a 17-acre former phosphate pit stocked with a variety of freshwater sport fish and catfish. The lake has three fishing piers and a 200-foot boardwalk for fishing that is accessible to mobility-impaired anglers.
There is a casting contest with prizes donated by local merchants and lunch is provided free.
Bait will also be provided free to kids 15 years of age and under. A limited number of loaner rods and reels are available to this age group. Older anglers, however, must supply their own bait and tackle.
To preregister call the FWC at 863-648-3200 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Parents or guardians must accompany children.
If you would like more information on freshwater fishing, visit the FWC Freshwater Fishing site by going to MyFWC.com/Fishing or call the FWC’s Lakeland office at (863) 648-3202.