Long Beach Peninsula Kicks Off Trout Season With Kid’s Derby

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Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula encourages families to enjoy the outdoors as it heralds in trout season with a fishing derby for children. The Black Lake Fishing Derby is slated for April 27 in the famed fishing village of Ilwaco.

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Salmon derbies are a highlight of summer fishing in Ilwaco. The famed fishing village kicks off the fishing season with a trout fishing derby for kids on April 27 at Black Lake.

Fishing is big on the peninsula! Ilwaco is one of the most sought out fishing destinations on the West Coast.

Black Lake on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula in Ilwaco will be the site of the 21st annual Black Lake Fishing Derby – an opening-day trout-fishing derby for kids. The free event will take place on April 27, from 7 to 11AM, and is hosted by the City of Ilwaco Parks and Recreation Commission.

“Fishing is a great way to build bonds and create fond memories,” shared Mike Cassinelli, Mayor, City of Ilwaco. “This derby does that, and it encourages kids to get outside, have fun and learn something new.”

During the derby, children ages 2 through 14 are invited to compete for the biggest rainbow trout caught in well-stocked Black Lake. Prizes, awarded in each of several age groups, will also be given for the highest aggregate weight of a participant’s catch.

Preregistration by April 22 guarantees a t-shirt. Onsite, event-day registration closes at 9:45AM, with the last weigh in at 10AM. Each registered participant will be offered free refreshments and a small gift. Online registration is available.

Families attending the derby can join in the fun that same day at the Long Beach Clam Festival, two miles from Black Lake in downtown Long Beach.

Several other fishing derbies, open to young and old, take place on the Long Beach Peninsula throughout fishing season. Among them are the following:

  •     Surf Perch Derby, May 18, Long Beach;
  •     Ilwaco Charter Association Sturgeon Derby, Port of Ilwaco, June 1 through 30;
  •     Ilwaco Charter Association Salmon Derby, Port of Ilwaco, June 23 through Sept. 1;
  •     “Reelin’ in Hunger” OTC Ilwaco Tuna Classic, Port of Ilwaco, July 26 and 27.

Boasting the highest catch per unit of effort of any place on the West Coast, the ocean, bays, rivers and streams surrounding the Long Beach Peninsula have been long-time favorite spots for sports fishing enthusiasts.

“Fishing is big on the peninsula!” added Andi Day, Executive Director, Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau. “Ilwaco is one of the most sought out fishing destinations on the West Coast.”

With its mix of sensational restaurants, local seafood, ocean view lodging, unique museums and attractions, lighthouses, fine art galleries, meandering trails, birding spots, and, above all, its long, wide, windswept beach, the Long Beach Peninsula continues to be one of the Northwest’s most enjoyable and refreshing getaway destinations. For event and visitor information, please call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 360.642.2400 or access http://www.funbeach.com.

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