Catch a lunker at Harrison Township Fishing Derby June 10

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published June 6, 2017

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Members of the Harrison Township Parks and Recreation Committee are hosting their 13th annual Fishing Derby at Lake St. Clair Metropark on June 10.

The event, open to all children 16 and younger, comes during Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend, which is being held this year June 10-11. During Free Fishing Weekend, unlicensed anglers can take to the lakes or shorelines for their fill of fishing.

Harrison Township Trustee Larry Tomenello is one of two board members organizing this year’s event for the first time. Former Trustee Frank Kapral had been the head of such Parks and Recreation Committee-hosted events, including Trunk or Treat in October, for many years, before deciding not to run for re-election in 2016.

Tomenello, who was aided in putting together the derby by Trustee Brian Batkins, said that regardless of a change in leadership, participants familiar with the Harrison Township Fishing Derby can expect no less during this year’s fete.

“They’re older now, but when Frank put it together (with a committee of volunteers), I took my kids to the derby for many years when they were younger and they had a ball,” he said.

This year’s derby will kick off at 8 a.m. with registrations being accepted at that time. Tomenello said fishing will continue through 11 a.m. with a lunch of hot dogs, chips and refreshments available at 11:30 a.m.

The Fishing Derby is being sponsored by Freedom Boat Club of Harrison Township.

All children who sign up for the derby must be accompanied by an adult, and only children 16 and younger can compete for a prize based on the size, weight and species of the fish they catch. There is no limit to the number of fish that can be caught. Prizes will be awarded by age group: 4-7, 8-12 and 13-16.

Participants must bring their own fishing equipment and bait, and a local volunteer will be on hand to teach children in attendance how to tie a line.

Tomenello said everyone can expect to have a memorable Free Fishing Weekend, rain or shine.

“It’s really a fun time,” he said. “It’s a great time for the kids.”

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