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FWC invites public to 26th annual Tenoroc Youth Fishing Derby

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Media contact: Melody Kilborn, 863-648-3852 Release Date: 03-26-2019   All Articles Tags:

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites you to a free youth freshwater fishing derby at Tenoroc Public Use Area and Youth Conservation Center in Lakeland on April 6, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Preregistration is required for the derby. A fishing license is not required on this particular weekend because it falls during a state-designated license-free freshwater fishing weekend.

This 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 that is wheelchair accessible.

There will be a casting contest and a number of other outdoor activities for youth. Free lunch provided by Publix Super Markets and prepared by McKeel Academy of Technology’s fishing team. Bait and a limited number of loaner rods and reels will be provided free of charge to youth ages 15 and younger. A parent or guardian must accompany youth participants. Anglers over the age of 15 are also welcome to enjoy this fishing opportunity but 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. Preregistration will end Friday, April 5, at 5 p.m.

For more information on freshwater fishing, visit the FWC Freshwater Fishing webpage at or call the FWC’s Lakeland office at 863-648-3200.