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Deer Creek Children's Fishing Derby makes for family fun

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The Long Point Region Conservation Authority is inviting all families to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Deer Creek Children’s Fishing Derby.

The event takes place at the Deer Creek Conservation Area on Saturday, August 8th. This fun-filled day of fishing and prizes is presented by the Long Point Region Conservation Authority (LPRCA) in conjunction with Kids, Cops and Canadian Tire Fishing Days.

The fishing derby takes place from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and is open to children ages 16 and under. There is a registration fee of $3 for children 7 years and under and $4 for those ages 8 to 16 with park admission.

Young anglers can try their luck fishing while competing for prizes in the two age brackets. There is also a special prize that will be awarded to the first child who reels in a tagged fish. In addition to prizes for the largest fish, many draw prizes are available, thanks to the generosity of local businesses.

Worms will be supplied for derby participants while supplies last. Through the OFAH-OPG TackleShare Program, a limited number of loaner rods (fully rigged fishing rods and an assortment of tackle) are available for children to borrow who do not have their own to use.

Families can fish from shore or a small boat with an electric trolling motor. The conservation area has a limited number of canoes available to rent for the day.

LPRCA hosts the derby in conjunction with Fishing Forever, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to funding worthwhile fishing, conservation and education projects. The Derby is also supported by the Long Point and Area Fish and Game Club, Norfolk County OPP, the Police Association of Ontario and several local businesses.

For more information on the Deer Creek Children’s Fishing Derby, call the Conservation Authority at 519-842-4242 ext. 227. Deer Creek Conservation Area is located on Norfolk County Road 45, southwest of Langton.

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