Start making plans to head down to southwest Washington for the Kids Black Lake Fishing Derby 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27.
The lake located on the Long Beach Peninsula in Ilwaco is free, and hosted by the City of Ilwaco Parks and Recreation Commission.
Children ages 2 through 14 can participate with a chance to catch the biggest rainbow trout caught in the well-stocked lake. Prizes will be awarded in each of several age groups, and will also be given for the highest aggregate weight of a participant’s catch.
Pre-register by April 22 guarantees a t-shirt. Onsite, event-day registration closes at 9:45 a.m., with the last weigh in at 10 a.m. Each registered participant will be offered free refreshments and a small gift. Online registration is available at http://www.ilwaco-wa.gov/forms/fishingderby.shtml.
Families attending the derby can join in the fun that same day at the Long Beach Clam Festival, two miles from Black Lake in downtown Long Beach. For details, go to http://www.longbeachrazorclamfestival.com.
There are also several other fishing derbies that will take place this spring and summer: May 18, is the Surf Perch Derby at Long Beach; June 1-30 is the Ilwaco Charter Association Sturgeon Derby at the Port of Ilwaco;June 23 through Sept. 1 is the Ilwaco Charter Association Salmon Derby at the Port of Ilwaco; and July 26-27 is the “Reelin’ in Hunger” Oregon Tuna Club’s Ilwaco Tuna Classic at the Port of Ilwaco.
For event and visitor information, please call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 360.642.2400 or go www.funbeach.com.
(Photo courtesy of The Seattle Times Photo archive)