MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Fish and Game Association is having its Annual Fishing Derby at Ariel-Foundation Park on Saturday, June 17, from 9 am until noon. Registration begins at 8:30 am.

This event has been held for 20 years to provide families an opportunity to experience fishing for the first time and provide family outdoor recreation. There will be a section of the lake reserved for youth 16 & under, seniors over 65 and all veterans. A limited amount of loaner fishing tackle and bait will be provided for youth if they do not have their own.

Hotdogs, chips and water will be provided to youth as a snack, along with prizes for youth every hour for largest and smallest fish.

This year the City of Mount Vernon has partnered with the association to provide more opportunity to fish. Combined, the Knox County Fish and Game and the City of Mount Vernon are stocking the middle lake at Ariel Foundation Park with over 1200 fish for this event. There will be 6- to 8-inch Hybrid Bluegill and Channel Catfish up to 15 pounds put into the lake.

Because June 17 and 18 are Ohio’s free fishing days, no fishing license is required. This is the only weekend of the year on which residents 16 and older can fish public waters without purchasing a fishing license. Anglers under 16 can fish for free year-round.

Knox County Fish and Game Association’s mission is to encourage, educate and promote both youth and adults by engaging them in conservation.

For additional information visit the Knox County Fish and Game Facebook page or contact Mike Miller at 740-485-2570.

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