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Marysville fishing derby returns May 5


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The Roberts family cast their lines and wait for a bite at the city of Marysville's annual Fishing Derby on May 6, 2017.

Local children will be able to cast their lines and reel in fish at Jennings Park during the Marysville Fishing Derby on May 5.

The city hosts the free event at the park at 6915 Armar Road and the event is at the Jennings Park pond.

This year's Fishing Derby runs from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and is open to kids who are at least 2 but less than 12 years old.

"This is just a fun and long-running event that the city helps put on," said Dave Hall, athletics supervisor with the City of Marysville's Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.

The pond is filled with the fish the day before the event so kids have a good chance of catching something if they come.

"It's a good opportunity for kids to learn about fishing, or even kids who have fished before have an opportunity to catch their first fish," he said.

The fish are provided by the Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club.

"It's a small pond and there are a lot of fish that get put into it," said Hall.

The Fishing Derby presents kids with a fishing opportunity that is easier than the normal fishing outing.

"What people like about it is the success of the fishing," said Hall.

The kids' favorite part of the event is the opportunity to reel in their first catch, or bring in one of their first catches.

"Just the look on their face as they catch a fish, you can see it from their smiles," said Hall.

This is the 24th annual Fishing Derby for the city.

"A lot of people have this a long-running tradition in their families," said Hall, and some who have come as kids to the event are now returning and bringing their own children.

The event is a collaboration between many local organizations.

"This is a partnership between the City of Marysville, the Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club, John's Sporting Goods and the Marysville Kiwanis," said Hall.

The Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club provide the fish and help families with the fishing.

"They are the main driver as this as they do multiple derbies around the county each year," said Hall.

The Marysville Kiwanis Club provides a pancake breakfast in the Rotary Barn at the event, which costs $3 for children and $5 for adults.

Everett business John's Sporting Goods provides rods and equipment that are raffled away at the Fishing Derby.

No pets are allowed at the event.

The City of Marysville is also collecting donations for the Marysville Community Food Bank at the event so participants are encouraged to bring food to donate.

For more information about the Fishing Derby call Dave Hall at 360-363-8400.


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