Angler tourney’s sixth edition set for Frontier Park
PROSPER – Saturday, March 7 is the day that Prosper’s Parks and Recreation Trout Derby makes its annual return to the pond at Frontier Park, says Julie Shivers, Recreation Services Coordinator.
“This event grows every year both in terms of the number of participants and in its popularity,” she said. “Getting the kids involved in such a wholesome and fun activity is just what the tournament is all about, and as an added bonus, the kids learn the basics of fishing, an activity they can share with their parents or their own children for years to come.”
The sixth edition of the annual tournament is set for Saturday, March 7 starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until 11 a.m. The pond at Frontier Park, site of the last four derbies, will be prepared with the appropriate number and size of trout by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department before the tournament starts.
The derby is free and while prior registration is not a requirement, participants are nevertheless encouraged to register by visiting Prosper Parks & Rec.
Prizes will be provided to boys and girls 14 years of age and younger in various categories.
“We want to encourage kids and parents to interact in a family activity that gets everyone outdoors, which is what parks are designed for,” said Shivers. “We want kids and parents or grandparents to get out in the sunshine and enjoying the park and each other. That’s our number one goal.”
The trout are supplied by the Town. State fishing regulations concerning licenses and other rules apply before and after the tournament. To avoid a citation, anyone over 17 years of age should first read licensing rules.
“The majority of fish in the pond are rainbow trout, but along with them are copper nose bluegill, channel catfish, hybrid crappie, and largemouth bass,” she said. Even though the tournament is a catch-and-keep event for the trout, derby officials are encouraging catch-and-release for other species.
Sponsors include Mathnasium of Prosper, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Sponsors help provide some of the prizes, raffle items and door prizes. Sponsors are still being solicited with appropriate recognition provided. Interested sponsors should contact Shivers at Julie_shivers@prospertx.gov.