Prosper’s increasingly-popular Fishing Derby enters its eighth year on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Frontier Park pond from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with check-in starting at 8 a.m.
The free event will once again provide prizes for anglers, 14 years of age and under, in a variety of categories. While prizes will be confined to youngsters, the entire family is welcome to attend and assist, says Recreation Coordinator Julie Shivers. “It’s so refreshing to see families outdoors enjoying nature together in the park,” she said. It’s heartwarming to watch grandparents and parents interact with the kids with no electronics involved!”
Participants should provide their own fishing gear and bait. Like in previous years, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has stocked the pond with plenty of Rainbow trout, a species that provides a lively tug when snared. The event is catch- and-keep for up to five trout, while other species are catch-and- release.
For 2017, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has granted the Town of Prosper an exemption to the fishing license and any stamp requirement for the duration of the Fishing Derby for those who fish or volunteer for the event. The pond will be stocked in advance by Texas Parks and Wildlife. Derby officials encourage catch-and-release.
Trout Derby officials extend expressions of gratitude to the 2017 Fishing Derby’s generous sponsors. Among these are Academy Sports and Outdoors of McKinney, Lowe’s Home Improvement of Prosper, Pond Medics, Kona Ice, V&A Lawn Care, Texas Health Neighborhood Care and Wellness, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The 2016 version of the Derby attracted a record of over 600 contestant and family supporters, and organizers are optimistic that a new record can be set this year. More information is available at www.ProsperParksandRec.org.