First ever regional competitions for the Fish Iowa! Games will be held June 7 at the Storm Lake Marina and Hatchery Complex in Storm Lake, and June 9 at FW Kent Park, near Oxford. Both will be followed by family fishing events that are open to the public.
The Iowa Games and Iowa Department of Natural Resources sponsor Fish Iowa! Games competitions through Iowa schools. Students learn to cast from three distances using the flipping, pitching, and overhand techniques. The program is unique in that it allows participants to learn the basic casting techniques then demonstrate them as part of a fun competition.
This year’s new regional open class competitions are open to all Iowa youth in grades K-12 to provide more opportunities for participation. Contestants will participate in three age groups: age 8 and younger, age 9-11, and age 12 and older. Winners will be eligible to compete in the state finals held in July. Fish Iowa! Games rules and regulations will apply for open class competitions.
June 7-9 are Free Fishing Days in Iowa, so the entire family can try their hand at fishing during the family events that follow the competitions. Fishing license requirements are waived for Iowa residents for these three days; all other fishing regulations are still in effect.
Storm Lake Hatchery Regional Competition
WHEN: Friday, June 7
WHERE: Storm Lake Marina and Hatchery Complex, Storm Lake
TIME: 4 to 6 p.m. – Registration, competition, and awards ceremony
6 to 8 p.m. – Free Fishing Weekend Family Fishing Event
Kent Park Regional Competition
WHEN: Sunday, June 9
WHERE: FW Kent Park, 2048 HWY 6 NW, Oxford
TIME: 1:30 p.m. – Registration and open practice time
2 to 4 p.m. – Competition and awards ceremony
4 to 6 p.m. – Family Fishing Event
6 p.m. ‐ Open fishing for families
Participants may compete in only one of the regional competitions. There will be an awards ceremony immediately following each competition. Participants are asked to stay until the end of the competition as all contestants will be recognized.
Participants MUST pre-register at:
The Iowa Games-Fish Iowa! Games http://www.iowagames.org/Sports/FishIowaGames.aspx
For additional information contact:
DNR Aquatic Education Program - EdInfo@dnr.iowa.gov