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Free Kids Fishing Derby at Tenoroc

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-227-3830

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a free Kids Fishing Derby and more on Saturday, April 7, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Tenoroc Youth Conservation Center and Fish Management Area in Lakeland. Rods, reels, cane poles and bait will be provided to participants – ages 15 and under – but they are welcome to bring their own fishing equipment. Accompanying adults may also fish with their children, but they must provide their own equipment and bait.

Sen. Paula Dockery will kick off the free Kids Fishing Derby festivities.

A number of other activities for the entire family are planned, including a demonstration by FWC Officer Joe Wolff and K-9 Mojo. The team will show how they detect illegally taken fish and wildlife that poachers try to hide.

There will also be an egg hunt, crafts, kids’ games and a casting contest. In addition, a hayride through Tenoroc will provide an up-close look at how the FWC and Florida Department of Environmental Protection have restored wetlands and how wetlands function throughout much of the old phosphate mine and Upper Saddle Creek basin.

Sweetbay will provide lunch to all participants.

Facilities at Derby Lake, where the event is being held, are accessible to persons with disabilities.

These outdoor activities are presented by the FWC through the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network (FYCCN) and its partners. FYCCN is an initiative to create the next generation that cares by reconnecting Florida's children with traditional outdoor activities.

Tenoroc Youth Conservation Center and Fish Management Area is just five minutes off Interstate 4 in northeast Lakeland. From exit 38 on I-4, go south on State Road 33 about 1 mile to County Road 659, then 1 mile to Tenoroc Mine Road on the left. Take Tenoroc Mine Road 2.5 miles to the stop sign and area office by Derby Lake.

Register in advance by calling 863-648-3200. For more information, email

Adults throughout the state can also enjoy a fishing freebie that day, because Saturday, April 7 is a statewide license-free freshwater fishing day. It is the first of four license-free days this year to introduce people of all ages to the pleasures of fishing or rekindle their interest in it.

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