We are well into the ice fishing season and the part that we get the most excited for is well on its way – our 5th Annual Jack Traps Youth Ice Fishing Derby!! Each year we hold an ice fishing derby for kids age four to twelve on Cochnewagon Pond in Monmouth, ME. The goal of the derby is to get kids outside on the ice for a fun day of fishing without computers or video games. Last year 268 kids participated. We hope to create an experience they will remember the rest of their lives. The derby is not a competition – every child gets an ice fishing prize and a few lucky participants win some extras – including a complete ice fishing package and lifetime fishing licenses. Inland Fisheries will be stocking brook trout just for the event so the kids will have plenty of fish to catch and there will be free food, coffee, hot chocolate and more. We’ll have traps available to use for kids that do not have any and their will be bait available on the ice. Be sure to dress warm!
In order to participate each child must submit a permission slip signed by their parents by February 15th and you can the permission slip here! Please email your signed permission slips to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them off or snail mail them to Jack Traps, Inc., Attn: Youth Derby, 151 Ridge Rd., Monmouth, ME 04259. Get your slips in early as we are expecting a great turn out this year!
Any parents or guardians that wish to volunteer at the event please contact us at 207-933-9499, and of course we are always seeking more donations to make the derby bigger and better than ever – the more donations we get the more lifetime licenses we will be able to give away this year! Hope to see you all there.
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This post was written by Shawn Norton