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Fishing Derby Returns to Devou Park this Weekend

The annual fishing derby is back at Devou Park this weekend.
On Saturday, May 19, the City of Covington welcomes kids ages 5 to 15 to Prisoners Lake.
"When it comes to families having fun together, there is nothing like the Fishing Derby," Recreation Program Coordinator Erin Smiley said. "We have families who wait all year for this, and we have people who fished the Derby as kids, then brought their kids and are now bringing their grandchildren."
Some years, as many as 100 Covington kids attend the Derby to fish Prisoners Lake, which is regularly stocked by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources.
Prizes will be given to youth in different age groups for catching the biggest, smallest and most fish.
The event, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., is free and open to the public and includes lunch after the fishing.
Families should bring their own fishing poles, tackle and bait, although a limited amount of equipment will be available for rent to those who reserve them.
The event is Covington's celebration of National Kids to Parks Day sponsored by the National Park Trust.
Covington is one of over 900 kid-friendly programs and events on Saturday that have registered through the Trust, with nearly 2 million people pledging to show a kid how to enjoy the outdoors that day.
Covington Mayor Joe Meyer has issued a proclamation recognizing the day as an opportunity to empower kids and families to get outdoors, live an active lifestyle and introduce a new generation to our parks.

  • Registration and check-in, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
  • Fishing until noon, then lunch.
  • Rain or shine event.
  • Ages 5-15 years old.
  • Bring your own fishing pole and bait. A limited supply of 
    fishing poles available for rent. Call (859) 292-2151 or e-mail [email protected] to reserve.
  • A small lot across from the lake.
  • Behringer-Crawford Museum nearby.
  • Gus Sheehan Park at the bottom of Prisoners Lake Drive.
  • Register at by midnight today (May 16), for a chance to win prizes for the entire family.
  • Youth also can register at the event Saturday morning beginning at 9 a.m., although they won't be included in the raffle.
-Staff report
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