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Brushy Creek fishing derby is Saturday

May 27, 2012
By JOE SUTTER, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

The first Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June are statewide free fishing days, when any Iowa resident can fish without a license. Every year, Webster County Conservation tries to make the most of these days.

"It's a weekend they have so if people want to try out fishing, to see what it's all about, it's free. You don't have to buy license," said naturalist Erin Ford. "We decided to do our fishing derby on that day."

The fishing derby will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Brushy Creek's fish pier point.

"As you enter the park from the north, it's the second left, and it goes down by the lake. It's after the north boat ramp," said Ford.

She said it was a fun family event.

"It's great for those who want to learn to fish. It's for parents to make their kids' trips successful.

"They'll learn to identify different species, and how to tie on a bobber and hook."

Fishing poles and bait will be provided.

Ford said in past years the kids have caught mostly bluegill, but also some crappie and bass.

Afterward, there will be a hot dog cookout and snacks. Ford said anyone who wanted to stay and keep fishing after noon could do so, but they would need to bring their own equipment.

Contact Joe Sutter at (515) 573-2141 or



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