The Marysville fishing derby will be held virtually this year with families encouraged to come down to Marysville’s Jensnings Park to cast their lines.
The youth derby will be held from May 1 to 17 and is free, although families should still register at marysvillewa.gov.
Like previous years, the Everett Steelhead & Salmon Club will stock the Jennings Park pond with fish for families to catch.
“Last year COVID started and the event was scheduled for just a couple weeks later and so we had to cancel it,” said Jennifer Friess, athletic supervisor with Marysville’s Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.
“With crowd requirements this year we can’t hold the derby like we normally do, but we still wanted to have some way for the kids to come out,” she said.
The department has had some success holding virtual events such as two recent scavenger hunts, said Friess.
Like those events, participants will be able to send in a photo of their child casting a line into the Jennings Park pond.
“Anyone who submits their photo is entered into a drawing for prizes,” said Friess. Prizes include bicycles and fishing equipment.
After registering on the city’s website families can come down anytime during the two-week period for the derby.
“We know that not every family has access to the equipment,” said Friess.
There is usually loaned equipment available at the derby. “We still wanted to connect families to those resources,” said Friess.
Parents will be able to call the Parks, Culture and Recreation office at 360-363-8400 for help.
“We have limited appointments available. Families can come to Jennings Park and meet with a member of the Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club,” said Friess. “There is a variety of times available, including a handful of them for the weekend."
The city holds the event to provide a way for families to have a fun outdoor activity they can enjoy together.
“This event was started by the previous Parks director,” said Friess. “It’s just a family friendly event and he wanted everyone to be able to bring out their families and fish for the day."
Friess said she has enjoyed watching kids and parents come together in years past for the annual fishing derby.
“Watching a child catch a fish for the first time really is amazing,” she said.
The Marysville Kiwanis Club, Everett Steelhead & Salmon Club and John’s Sporting Goods continue to sponsor the event.
“They really stepped up in what has been an unusual year,” said Friess.