The Lehigh County Fish & Game Association is hosting their 85th Annual Trout Fishing Derby in the Lehigh Parkway, Saturday, May 12. The contest runs from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with bait available at Archery at the Glenn’s on-site trailer.
As in past years, the Derby was always a two-day affair with Saturday dedicated to juniors and Sunday being for adults. But this year it’s a combined one-day contest. The reason? Gill lice. According to Herb Gottshall Jr., President of Lehigh County Fish & Game Association who sponsors the annual event, the Derby had to be cut short because of gill lice found in the trout at the Lil-Le-Hi Trout Nursery in the parkway.
Said Gottshall, “We are only having a one-day event this year due to the euthanization of 7,400 trout that had gill lice, which happened on April 2 at the nursery. Approximately 1,200-plus trout that were 18-26 inches in length and weighing 4-12 pounds, were regrettably lost.”
He adds, “I hope the adults will cooperate and assist the young anglers to make this years outing a success. And next years’ event will go back to a two-day Derby.”
Gottshall emphasized that all is not lost as there will still be trophy-sized and tagged trout stocked the morning of the contest.
The Derby entry fee is $5 for juniors ages 15 and under and $10 for adults. Adults must have a valid fishing license and trout stamp to participate.
TOP SPORTFISHING BRANDS FOR IN 2017
Southwick Associates, a fishing/hunting resource company, surveyed more than 11,000 anglers in 2017 through their online AnglerSurvey consumer panel, to identify the top, most frequently purchased brands in the fishing equipment market, and their results are as follows:
*Top combo brand: Shakespeare
• Top fishing line brand: Berkley
• Top hard bait brand: Rapala
• Top dough bait brand: Berkley
• Top jig brand: Dirty Jigs
• Top sinker brand: Bullet Weights
• Top swivel brand: Eagle Claw
• Top rig brand: Sea Striker
• Top fly line brand: Scientific Angler (3M)
• Top fly leaders brand: Rio
• Top clothing brand: Columbia
• Top hat brand: Columbia
• Top landing net brand: Ego
• Top tackle box brand: Plano
• Top fishing knife brand: Rapala
• Top cooler brand: Coleman
• Top trolling motor brand: Minn Kota
It would be interesting to see if your fishing equipment selections match any in the above categories.
Nick Hromiak has been an outdoors and automotive writer for over 30 years. He's been published in numerous national and state-wide outdoor magazines and newspapers.