Youth Fishing Derby

June 1, 2019
Youth Fishing Derby

The Youth Fishing Derby is a free event held the first Saturday in June for children aged 17 and under. Come join us at Ringneck Marsh for a fun fishy day!

Details

The Youth Fishing Derby was initiated in 1991 to coincide with National Fishing and Boating Week. The derby is held the first Saturday in June on the dike on the west side of Ringneck Marsh. Youths 17 and younger are able to participate. Registration starts at 7:30 am and fishing begins at 8:00 am. Participants may join the derby at any time, however, all lines must be out of the water by 11:00 am, and all state fishing laws must be followed. 

Rods and reels will be available for children to borrow, if needed. A parent, guardian, or responsible adult must be present during the event, but may not fish for the child. Other activities will be available, such as casting games, fishing fun facts, conservation games, and demonstrations. 

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Inc. who will be providing door prizes for all anglers and trophies for the anglers with the winning fish. It’s sure to be a fun fishy day!  

If you have questions, contact Refuge staff at 585-948-5445. Iroquois NWR is located midway between Buffalo and Rochester, NY and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Individuals with disabilities and any other person who may need special assistance to participate in this program should contact the Refuge at 585-948-5445 or at the Federal Relay Number 1-800-877-8339.

Iroquois NWR is located midway between Buffalo and Rochester, NY, and is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  To get to Ringneck Marsh, take Hwy 63 and turn east onto Oak Orchard Ridge Road. In less than 0.5 miles, you may park in the Ringneck Marsh Overlook Parking Lot. Individuals with disabilities and any other person who may need special assistance to participate in this program should contact the Refuge at (585) 948-5445 or at the Federal Relay No. 1-800-877-8339.

This event is one of the many ways the refuge offers to connect people with nature. Connecting People with Nature (CPWN): Ensuring the Future of Conservation” is a national priority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the mission of “working to ensure that all Americans have enjoyable and meaningful experiences in the out-of-doors and develop strong life-long connections with the natural world.” It is sponsored by the Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to support the refuge.