Kids fishing derby at Buckeye Park

From staff reports

Children interested in fishing will get their chance Saturday morning during the 14th annual Kids Fishing Derby at Buckeye Park in Marietta.

Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m., with the derby to follow from 9 to 11 a.m. Kids up to 16 years of age are encouraged to participate in the free event.

“The Marietta Civitan Club will provide lunch at 11 a.m.,” said Connie Grimes, event organizer through sponsor Peoples Bank.

She said a lot of youth have never experienced fishing, so this will give those who live in the city the opportunity to learn.

“It will get them out of the house, off their phones and off their games so they can learn there’s a whole world out there,” she said. “They get to learn to fish and get with the outdoors.”

Last year’s event brought in more than 80 participants.

“We’re pretty proud that we have between 60 and 80 kids, depending on the weather,” Grimes said. “Some are first-time fishermen and some come back every year. They like the competition of getting the biggest fish.”

She said the derby is a contest and awards are given out for things like biggest fish and smallest fish.

“Whenever they catch a fish, they bring it in and we weigh it,” she added.

There are also some tagged fish and if one is caught, the fisherman will get a small prize.

The event is sponsored by Peoples Bank, the City of Marietta, the Marietta Civitan Club and the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

“The city gets an outdoor grant from the state and they use the funds to restock the pond,” Grimes said, adding children will be able to catch bluegill, catfish and bass.

If you go

¯ What: Kids Fishing Derby.

¯ Where: Buckeye Park, located off Greene Street, Marietta.

¯ When: Registration from 8 to 9 a.m., derby from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday

¯ Cost: Free for kids up to age 16; lunch included.