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Families enjoy Marysville's Fishing Derby

The Jennings Park Kiwanis Pond was stocked with fish so local kids could experience the fun of fishing


Christopher Andersson

Joe Scicchitano, left, watches as Isabella Scicchitano, second from left, casts her line at the city of Marysville's annual Fishing Derby on May 6.

Kids reeled in their catches at the City of Marysville's annual Fishing Derby which returned to Jennings Park on May 6.

The Fishing Derby provides kids a chance to catch up to one fish at the Kiwanis Pond at Jennings Park.

The Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club fills the pond with thousands of fish for the event, providing the numerous kids there with a good chance to catch a fish.

"It's going great this year. We've seen lots of big fish caught and lots of happy kids," said Dave Hall, athletic coordinator with the City of Marysville's Park, Culture and Recreation Department.

Local parents liked that the free Fishing Derby gave them an easy way to spend time fishing with their children.

"It's great, it's a beautiful place," said local parent Joe Scicchitano. "Spending time fishing with the kids, you can't beat it."

He was also appreciative of the people putting on the event. "It's just awesome that they can do this for the kids."

Hall said that the event feels like a close-knit community event.

"I think it adds a hometown feel, small-town feel," Hall said.

Many people return every year to catch fish and make it a tradition to come out to the annual May event.

"I think a lot of them like coming year after year to catch fish," said Hall.

"I was here when I was a kid," said parent Chris Roberts, adding he remembers catching fish at the park.

He said that this was his first time returning to the event with his kids, but he still enjoyed it.

Christopher Andersson

The Roberts family, Christopher, left, and Madisyn, right, cast their lines and wait for a bite, while Christopher, center, watches at the city of Marysville's annual Fishing Derby on May 6.

"It's still pretty good, a little crowded but it's a good event," he said.

Hall said he enjoys the event because of the many happy families that come out of it.

"I like seeing the happy kids, the smiling kids," he said.

Because the pond is filled with thousands of fish, many of the kids will walk away with a successful catch from the event, which is good for young kids just getting into fishing.

"They have a good opportunity to be successful catching fish," said Hall.

The event is a collaboration between multiple local organizations, with Marysville Kiwanis providing a nearby breakfast and the Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club stocking the pond and helping parents and kids out with gear.

"Thanks to the Kiwanis of Marysville, John's Sporting Goods, Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation and Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club," said Hall.


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