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Kids can experience the joys of fishing by casting out a line and hopefully reeling in the �big one� at Cleveland Metroparks Children's Fishing Derbies.
Young anglers, ages 4 to 15, can enjoy a day of free fishing fun, while learning fishing basics on Saturday, May 18 at Wallace Lake in Mill Stream Run Reservation in Berea and on Sunday, May 19 at Ohio & Erie Canal in Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation in Cuyahoga Heights.
The Children's Fishing Derbies are divided into two age groups. Young anglers, ages 4 to 8, can fish from 9 a.m. to noon. Ages 9 to 15 can fish from 1 to 4 p.m. Each session includes some basic fishing techniques and fishing derby contests. Kids can also learn how to cast and test their skills at the casting challenge area. There will be plenty of free coaching and fishing guidance from seasoned anglers, too.
Prizes will be awarded in each session for the largest trout, largest other fish caught, smallest fish caught, and best cast at the casting challenge.
Live bait is provided along with free informational material. Loaner fishing equipment is available for children who do not have their own, while supplies last. The areas are for young anglers only to fish during the derby times.
Participants should bring tackle, and a cooler and ice to store their �catch of the day.�
The Derbies hold day-of registration only.
Wallace Lake is located off Valley Parkway in Mill Stream Run Reservation in Berea. Due to the West Bridge construction over Valley Parkway, follow the detour signs. From I-71/Bagley Road exit, head west on Bagley Road, and cross Front Street, turn left onto Prospect/Rt. 237, and turn left onto South Quarry Lane, turn left onto Valley Parkway to Wallace Lake.
Ohio & Erie Canal fishing area is just a short walk behind CanalWay Center, located off Whittlesey Way, off the E. 49th Street entrance of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, between Grant Avenue and Canal Road in Cuyahoga Hts. - just off the I-77/Grant Avenue exit.
For more information, call 216-206-1010 or visit clevelandmetroparks.com.
Young anglers can enjoy fishing from the banks of Wallace Lake and Ohio & Erie Canal at the annual Children's Fishing Derbies of Cleveland Metroparks - part of your life, naturally!