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Free fishing derby for youth at Tenoroc Fish Management Area

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3852

Youth and families are invited to a free fishing derby Saturday, April 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Tenoroc Fish Management Area and Youth Conservation Center in Lakeland. The event, sponsored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), does not require a fishing license. However, derby participants must preregister by calling the FWC at 863-648-3200, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The FWC wants to hook aspiring anglers on the thrill of fishing. The special event will be conducted on Derby Lake, a 17-acre reclaimed 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, which provides access for anglers with disabilities.

There is a casting contest for kids, and other outdoor activities with prizes donated by local merchants. A free lunch will be provided.

Bait also will be provided free to kids 15 years of age and under. A limited number of loaner rods and reels will be available to this age group. Anglers 16 years of age and older must supply their own bait and tackle.Parents or guardians must accompany children.

For more information on freshwater fishing, go to and click on “Freshwater Fishing,” or call the FWC’s Lakeland office at 863-648-3200.

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