With the 2013 fishing season now underway in Pennsylvania, Reps. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) and Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) encourage local families to participate in their joint Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Evansburg State Park on the banks of the Skippack Creek.
“This derby will give young people the opportunity to experience a hobby they can continue for a lifetime in Pennsylvania and across the nation,” said Vereb. “Pennsylvania offers some of the best fishing in our region, and in a world of video games and social media, our great outdoor activities can oftentimes be forgotten among our youth.”
“Montgomery County has many great places to fish so that families do not have to travel far to enjoy an inexpensive activity,” said Toepel. “Many statistics show that youth often turn to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs partially because of boredom. Hopefully, for some, fishing will provide another option.”
The Youth Fishing Derby is free for its attendees and several prizes will be given throughout the event, including a grand prize of four tickets and a parking pass for the Philadelphia Phillies’ game against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, May 17. Free entertainment and refreshments will also be provided at the event. The derby will be held on Skippack Creek Road near the horse trailer parking lot.
Youth fishermen under the ages of 15 do not require a Pennsylvania fishing license. However, those who are 16 and older and wish to participate will require a fishing license.
For more information, including fishing maps of the state park, visit Vereb or Toepel’s websites at RepVereb.com and RepToepel.com.