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Annual fishing derby April 12

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The annual fishing derby will take place Saturday, April 12, at New Canaan's Mill Pond, which will be secretly stocked with 370 pounds of rainbow trout.

Kids will try to catch the biggest and best trout during the annual fishing derby at New Canaan's Mill Pond April 12.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the first lines being allowed in the water at 9 a.m.

Children ages 15 and younger will compete for special prizes awarded in several categories including the first boy and first girl to catch a fish and the largest fish caught. Children ages 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

The pond will be stocked with 370 pounds of rainbow trout prior to event day.

Recreation Director Steve Benko said the derby is a chance for youngsters to try their hand at fishing.

"It's a nice event for the spring to start with," Benko said. "We've helped out for years, and it's a fun thing to do. A 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 free event is sponsored by the New Canaan Recreation Department with assistance from the Department of Public Works, the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club, Police Benevolent Association and New Canaan Fire Department.

"The fishing derby is a great tradition in New Canaan and definitely says spring is here," Tucker Murphy, executive director of the chamber, said

Joe's Pizza will be serving pizza and coupons for free ice cream cones from Baskin Robbins will be issued.

Donations to help with the costs of the derby will be appreciated. Check may be made payable to "Fish Management Fund" and mailed to Town of New Canaan, Attention: DPW Fish Management, 77 Main St., New Canaan CT 06840.

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