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Fishing derby

Fishing derby is April 30, 2016
Fishing derby is April 30, 2016

Lions fishing derby

The annual family-friendly Trout Fishing Derby hosted by the Exeter Lions Club and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation took place in April of 2016.

The annual family-friendly Trout Fish Derby sponsored by the Exeter Lions Club and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation took place a week earlier than previous years.

The fishing derby takes place at Morrison Reservoir (Morrison Lake), at Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter.

The 32nd Annual Trout Fishing Derby took place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon.
The registration fee was $2 for participants 16 years and under and $4 for those ages 17 years and over.

The annual event is ideal for young anglers and is made possible thanks to sponsorship by many local businesses (many of which generously sponsor year after year) who donate prizes and money to purchase prizes for the participants.

"We couldn't do it without them," said fish derby committee chairperson Jeremy Straw, of the Exeter Lions Club.

The longevity of this event has been possible because of a partnership between the Exeter Lions Club and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation. Each year, the two organizations purchase rainbow trout and stock the Morrison Dam Reservoir for the derby.

As per provincial legislation, any person accessing these waters must be equipped with personal flotation devices.

Participants are also reminded that most Canadian residents need a Fishing Version Outdoors Card and licence to fish in Ontario if they are between the ages of 18 and 64 years old.

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