The 33rd annual Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Under the Lock Fishing Derby will return this spring after a two-year pandemic hiatus.
Formerly known as the Peterborough Greenwing Fishing Derby, the event takes place on the Trent-Severn Waterway below Lock 21. It will return with several new elements, the OFAH announced on Friday, March 18.
“We have listened to angler feedback from past years, and added two extra days of fishing, early bird registration prizes, goody bags for participants, and sponsored tagged fish with cash prizes for anglers of all ages to win,” OFAH Youth Education Manager David Ryrie stated.
Catching Walter will reward $1,000
The youth derby begins on April 30, for children 15 and under, and includes 500 tagged trout for instant prizes, and a chance to win one of four grand prizes. The big fish prize – $1,000 cash – will be awarded to whoever catches Walter, a rainbow trout estimated to weigh between eight and 10 pounds.
An all-ages derby that runs from May 1 to 8, meanwhile, will include – for the first time – tagged fish with cash prizes sponsored by local businesses.
“We still have fish in need of a local sponsor that will both challenge anglers and offset the cost of the stocked trout for the youth derby,” Ryrie added.
Participants must register. Cost is $15 for the first child, $10 for siblings, and $25 for adults. For sponsorship details or to purchase tickets, visit www.ofah.org/underthelock or Peterborough Canadian Tire locations.