The Marshall County Conservation Board will be holding a Youth Fish For Fun free fishing derby from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 7 at Green Castle Recreation Area.
The event is open to anyone under the age of 16 and participants do not need a fishing license. Adults fishing with youth still need to be properly licensed. Registration is free and prizes will be given to youth for the largest fish, smallest fish and most fish caught during the time of the event. Random drawings for giveaways will also be part of the event.
"The lake level is drawn down for management purposes but there are still plenty of fish that need to be caught. The more fish people take out now the less will be lost during eventual kill off later this year," Mike Stegmann, director of the MCCB said. "The lake has become over populated with invasive fish species including Common Carp and Gizzard Shad and the only way to remove them properly is to kill off the entire lake and start over with a fresh stocking of game fish."
Pictured is the newly painted entrance sign at Green Castle, painted by MCCB summer intern Nolan Benzing.
Last month, fishing regulations were relaxed by order of the Iowa DNR which allows anglers with a valid fishing license be allowed to harvest any size or number of largemouth bass, channel catfish and all other fish species from Green Castle. Any number of fishing poles, jugs or nets will be allowed.
Anglers must remain in sight of these lines at all times, and follow all other fishing regulations and area rules. Trot lines will be allowed (name and address must be attached), however lines may not be set across entire water body. Dynamite, poison, electric shocking devices or any stupefying substances will not be allowed.
It is illegal to sell fish or stock captured fish into public waters. Liberalized fishing regulations for Green Castle Lake will remain in effect until Nov. 1.
"This is an opportune time to introduce new anglers to the sport as well as aide the MCCB with fish removal from the lake," Stegmann said.
Even if youth who wish to participate do not have their own fishing equipment, the MCCB will have poles available for use. Volunteers will be on hand to assist those who may require an introduction to fishing. Inquiries about the event can be directed to the MCCB offices at 641-752-5490.