Back by popular demand (except by the carp) and in conjunction with the 16th annual Sweet Corn Days is the Corny Carp Fishing Derby 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in North Riverside Park.
Registration will start at 5:45 p.m. in the parking lot next to the swinging bridge in North Riverside Park. The derby is open to children 14 or younger.
All children competing in the derby will need to have their own fishing tackle and be accompanied by an adult at all times during the derby. Sweet corn will be furnished for bait. Competition will start promptly at 6 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m.
The official weigh-in and fish count will take place at the registration site immediately following the derby. Children competing in the derby may fish between the railroad trestle and the rock garden.
All fish entered in the derby must be caught between 6-8 p.m. in that portion of the river.
Children will be assigned to three age groups: those six years or younger, seven to 10 and 11-14.
Prizes will be awarded for the largest and the most carp caught in each age group.
The derby will only take place if the river is low. If heavy rains before the derby cause high water flow, the derby will be canceled for safety reasons.
The fishing derby is sponsored by the Iowa Lakes Community College Conservation Club. For additional information, contact Gary Phillips at 362-7364 or 362-7978.