Youth fishing derbies are popular this time of year and you can catch one this weekend at Springhill Park in Barling. On Saturday, May 2, children 12 years of age and younger will compete for prizes at this annual fishing derby.
The fishing will begin at 9 a.m., and the weigh-in will begin about 10:30. The event concludes at noon with a picnic lunch. There is no charge to participate. Boats will also be on display and kids can learn about the environment at an educational program.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission personnel will ensure the pond is freshly stocked with catfish. Children should bring their own fishing poles, tackle and bait, and be accompanied by an adult. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in three categories. Prizes include rods and reels, tackle boxes, catfish poles, gift cards, assorted lures and tackle, fishing videos, and more.
Park covers 337 acres on the shores of the Arkansas River off Ark. 59 in Barling. The park offers public boat launching, picnic grounds, group picnicking, hiking and biking trails, drinking water, camping, handicap accessible facilities, restrooms and a playground.
For more information, call Park Ranger Rick Bradford at 479-667-2129.