Lines cast, fish caught, fun had at St. George Fishing Derby

ST. GEORGE –  Kids gathered around Tawa Ponds Saturday morning for the annual St. George Fishing Derby. Lines were cast, fish were caught, and a lot of fun was had.

Participants and spectators got comfortable with their lawn chairs and coolers; ready for the first catches of the day. Fishing poles and bait were provided at no cost for children who wished to participate.

“If you’ve got kids and you want to teach them about fishing this is the best place to come and do it,” said Rick Rosenberg, of Southern Utah Anglers, who coordinated the event.

Six representatives from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are teaching a Fishing 101 class for free.  In this quick course you can learn about tying knots, fish, fish ethics, and all the gear.

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Videocast by Amber Green, St. George News

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conducted a brief fishing etiquette and gave away donated prizes to those participating.  Information is also provided on a fishing clinic hosted at the Skyline Ponds, beginning April 10.

The goal of the annual Derby is to provide an opportunity for all children to experience fishing.  The fishing derby ends at 2 p.m.

“It’s free, and a great way to go out and enjoy nature,” Fox Barrett, 12, of St. George, said

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