Who’s ready to go fishing? If your kids are little fisher-people, or if you think they might like to give it a try, you won’t want to let this event go by.  

The City of Pittsfield Conservation Commission, in conjunction with Lyon Aviation, will sponsor a free fishing derby for youth 14 and under Saturday, May 8 at the Wild Acres Conservation Area in Pittsfield. The event is rain or shine, of course.   

The derby will be held 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The accessible trail down to the pond is now open. As there will be limited capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions, pre-registration is required and will end on Thursday, May. 6. Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note only one parent per child will be allowed.  

You can pre-register by emailing wildacresderby@cityofpittsfield.org 

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You will want to be sure to include the child’s name and age as well as the accompanying adult’s name and contact information. COVID-19 precautions are being followed and masks are required for all attendees.  

Volunteer support will be provided by the Onota Fishing Club to assist with dressing fish, providing fishing tips and techniques, baiting, and more. Trophies will be awarded to those who catch the largest fish (length and weight); trophies will be awarded at noon. Bait will be provided. 

Wild Acres Conservation Area is located off of South Mountain Road in Pittsfield. If you need further information, you can contact Becky Manship, at 499-9371. 

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