Annual Kids’ Fishing Derby slated for Saturday

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO The annual Kids’ Fishing Derby, held at Lake Woodmore in Riverside Cemetery, is a free event. Youngsters will get to fish from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 8 and earn prizes. No fishing licenses are required. A limited supply of bait will be available.

Fostering a love of nature is the goal of the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby, held Saturday, July 8 from 8 a.m. to noon, at Lake Woodmere in Riverside Cemetery.

This free event is co-sponsored by the cemetery and the Marshall County Izaak Walton League.

“It’s our favorite event here,” said Riverside General Manager Dorie Tammen.

Youngsters are invited to come out and fish (no fishing license needed) and spend some time enjoying the Great Outdoors and competing for fun prizes including catching the smallest fish, the biggest, the ugliest and the prettiest. Members of the league will be on-hand to weigh the fish.

Attendees are asked to bring sunscreen and their own fishing rods and lures. A limited supply of bait will be available. Bottled water will be offered, and folks will have access to the cemetery’s office for using the restroom.

New this year, will be the addition of hot dogs, which will be available for purchase.

“Kids work up an appetite, and maybe their parents will too,” Tammen said.

The fish, which are not recommended for eating, will be retained by the cemetery, and put back in water.

“We find the geese tend to get out of the way [of the people fishing] and watch from the hill. The swan likes to stay on the lake,” Tammen noted. “People gather all around the lake; probably 200-300 people come to this every year.”

The Izaak Walton League was founded in 1922 and is one of the country’s oldest conservation organizations with a network of more than 250 local chapters nationwide. The Marshall County League is located south of Marshalltown at 2601 Smith Avenue, consisting of 82 acres of land. To learn more about the league, call 641-751-1121. Riverside Cemetery is a non-profit perpetual care cemetery, owned by the lot owners and governed by an unpaid Board of Trustees. The cemetery may be reached at 641-753-7891. Check out the cemetery’s Facebook page for updates and photos about this event.