The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police will hold its 32nd annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 2 at Ingrams Pond, Godwin School Road, Millsboro; Akridge Scout Reservation, 1910 Baden Powell Way, Camden; and Lums Pond State Park, 3355 Red Lion Road, Bear, with the park admission fee waived for tournament participants.

The tournament is open to youths ages 4-15. An adult must accompany youths younger than 12, and contestants must bring their own fishing equipment. Prizes to all participants will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. in three age groups: 4-7, 8-11 and 12-15. The tournament is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to arrive before 10 a.m. to register for the tournament.

The tournament was established to introduce youth to the sport of fishing and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation.

In addition to the fishing tournament celebrating National Fishing and Boating Week, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated June 2 and 3 as free fishing days when residents and visitors may fish in Delaware waters without a fishing license.

Anglers are reminded that even though they don’t need a license to fish on those two days, those who are age 16 and older are required to obtain a free Fisherman Identification Network number, available at or by calling 800-432-9228. Anglers also are required to comply with Delaware’s fishing regulations, including size and daily catch limits.

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