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Go Fish: Annual Kids Fishing Derby is Saturday

Nearly 400 pounds of rainbow trout are being stocked in New Canaan's Mill Pond.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife photo.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife photo.

Kids will have the chance to try and catch the biggest and best trout during the annual fishing derby at Mill Pond on April 12.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the first lines being allowed in the water at 9 a.m. The derby will run until 11 a.m. 

A secret stocking of the pond with 370 pounds of rainbow trout will take place ahead of Derby Day. Recreation Director Steve Benko said in a statement, "it's a chance for youngsters in town to try their hand at fishing. It’s a nice event for the spring to start with.” Benko added, “We’ve helped out for years, and it’s a fun thing to do."

The New Canaan tradition started by The Police Benevolent Association in the early 1970s, and it was named for former New Canaan Police Officer George Cogswell. The event took a brief hiatus but was restarted about three years ago after Mill Pond was dredged and then refilled. 

“The fishing derby is a great tradition in New Canaan and definitely says spring is here,” Tucker Murphy, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, said in the statement.

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