2021 Youth Fishing Derby...Northern Pike Style

June 1 - June 7
Northern Pike illustration

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Iroquois NWR, Inc. present the 2021 Youth Fishing Derby. This annual event usually brings a large gathering of youth to Ringneck Marsh to fish and compete for prizes. 

This year's event from June 1 through June 7, 2021, will be practiced northern pike style...more solitary, staying close to your own territory, and not gathering in a large group. You can participate in 3 ways detailed below!

Cast Out Your Creativity!

Fish are works of art! Fishing is an art! Show us your artistic versions of your own experiences with fish. Use whatever media moves you: photography, watercolor, sculpture, song, dance, poetry, short story, etc.

Why do it?

  • Entries will be displayed on social media.
  • Original pieces may be used for a virtual and/or physical art exhibit. 
  • All participants will be included in a drawing for goodies from the Friends of Iroquois NWR, Inc. 

How to participate? 

  • Create and submit any form of original fish or fishing “art”.
  • Entries can be submitted in one of three age categories 0-7, 8-12, and 13-17. 
  • Send us your signed “Copyright Release Agreement” so that we may share your artwork or photos on our social media pages, on our website, or in publications, signed “Agreement for Use of Likeness” so we can use recognizable photos of people in media, and your submissions by whatever method best preserves the quality of the piece: mail, email, or drop it in the refuge drop box outside of the Visitor Center.

Go Fishing!

Be local, fish local, show us what you caught!

Why do it?

  • To spend time outside enjoying not only fishing but all the observations and experiences that come along with fishing.
  • To try to provide yourself dinner.
  • To show off your catch and fishing prowess! Photos may be shared on social media.
  • All participants will be included in a drawing for goodies from the Friends of Iroquois NWR, Inc.

How to participate? 

  • Go fishing! Fishing is allowed on the Refuge on Ringneck Marsh from Sour Springs Road and the Dike and new fishing dock or along Oak Orchard Creek east of Rt. 63. Remember in New York, you need a fishing license if you are over the age of 16. 
  • Take a picture of you and your fish, you fishing, your creative fishing gear, or whatever other fun fishing related experience you have during this event. Send it to us with a note about your experience.
  • Need a little competition? Fish any habitats near you. Take a photo of the largest fish you catch between June 1 to June 7. Photo must include the entire length of your fish alongside an easy to read standard measuring device (such as a tape measure). Age categories are: 0-7, 8-12, and 13-17.
  • A little hungry after all that fishing? Share with us the meals you made with your catch. Snap a photo of your fish and your fish meal and let us know how delicious it was.  
  • Send us your signed “Copyright Release Agreement” so that we may share your artwork or photos on our social media pages, on our website, or in publications, signed “Agreement for Use of Likeness” so we can use recognizable photos of people in media, and your submissions by mail, email, or drop it in the refuge drop box outside of the Visitor Center.

Become a Jr. Angler!

Jr. Rangers are typically between the ages of 5 and 13, but anyone can participate.
Test your knowledge and learn something new.

Why do it?

  • To learn about the basics of fishing. 
  • Just for fun!
  • For the badge!
  • All participants will be included in a drawing for goodies from the Friends of Iroquois NWR, Inc.

 How to participate? 

 


2021 Youth Fishing Derby Notice

2021 Youth Fishing Derby - Northern Pike Style (PDF) notice and activities page. Will print on an 11x17 piece of paper. 


Copyright Release Agreement

To participate in the Fishing Event send in a photo or your original artwork and all applicable forms via text, email, or snail mail. On the Copyright Release Agreement choose between allowing anyone to use your photo or restricting use to only the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Friends of Iroquois NWR, Inc.

Copyright Release Agreement (FWS Form 3-2259) (PDF)

Agreement for Use of Likeness

If you share a photo with recognizable people, please submit the Agreement for Use of Likeness for anyone in the photo. You can put everyone on the same form. 

Agreement for Use of Likeness (FWS Form 3-2260) (PDF) 


*You may still turn in artwork or photos without the Copyright Release Agreement or Agreement for Use of Likeness, but we will be unable to share your creations or photos.