Wild Rice Conservation Club Hosting Annual Fishing Derby on the Wild Rice River
Twin Valley, MN — It’s time to dig out the Zebco and tie on your favorite lure! The Wild Rice Conservation Club invites kids and adults to their 13th annual Fishing Derby on the Wild Rice River this Saturday, June 12th. Participants can fish anywhere along the Wild Rice River from Mahnomen to Hendrum. Fishing begins at 10am and weigh in is at 4pm at the Heiberg Damn north of Twin Valley. Prizes for Kids will be awarded for the biggest fish in four different divisions, including catfish, northern pike, bass, and walleye. Tim Tjon of the Wild Rice Conservation Club says every kid will go home with a prize, but winners will get first choice and all the kids will have a chance to win a lifetime fishing license.
There is no entry fee for kids, but it is $10 for adults. The adults will compete for an 80/20 payback for biggest fish. There are numerous spots between Mahnomen and Hendrum for anglers to find their own honey hole, but Tjons says the kids often like to congregate at the Heiberg Dam where they often have alternative ways to stay busy if the fishing is slow.
Regardless of whether or not you reel in a monster fish, Tjon says their goal each year is just to get people outside in mother nature and having fun fishing.
The Wild Rice Conservation Club will be hosting a cooking up burgers and hot dogs following the derby at Heiberg Park. For more information, contact Tim at 218-556-0669. This weekend is also Take a Kid Fishing Weekend in Minnesota and adults can fish without a license if they are fishing with a kid.