Free fishing day planned at Maumee Boy Scout Camp

If you’re a kid who likes to fish, or know a kid who might, Hoosier National Forest officials invite you to the Kids Fishing Derby and Outdoor Day on May 14 at Lake Tarzian at Maumee Scout Reservation.

The derby is a free event for families at the camp, north of Norman off County Road 925W in northwestern Jackson County.

The goal is to get kids hooked on fishing, according to a news release from Teena Ligman, a public affairs specialist with the Hoosier National Forest.

Fishing poles, bait and prizes will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear.

Other events include a casting contest, water safety education, bait and fish identification, knot tying and fishing techniques. Participants will again have the change to shoot carp targets in the water with a bow and arrow and there is fishing-related games for small children.

Awards are given for the most fish caught and the biggest fish caught for each age group, event coordinator Steve Harriss, said.

The National Wild Turkey Federation will be hosting the Jakes Taking Aim Gallery in which volunteers with the federation will help kids learn to safely use a pellet gun.

Besides the federation and the U.S. Forest Service, other sponsors include Bass Pro Shops, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Hoosier Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

The event is limited to the first 75 kids to register.

Registration is open now at the U.S. Forest Service Bedford Office or by calling 812-275-5987.

Participants should be 15 years old or younger and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The derby begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at noon, followed by a free cookout for everyone who attends, including adults.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.