Kids, wake up bright and early Saturday, it’s time to go fishing

Two fishermen discuss the best bait to use at the 2015 kids fishing competition at Pomona State Park.

It’s going to be an excellent time for fishing in Osage County this weekend, with free fishing statewide, and Pomona State Park’s annual kids fishing derby on Saturday.

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism observes National Fishing and Boating Week, June 3-11, 2017, by letting Kansas anglers fish for free on June 3 and 4. That means that anyone may fish in Kansas without a fishing license.

To participate in the Pomona State Park kids fishing derby, registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, with first lines going in at 8:30 a.m. The Friends of Pomona State Park have also planned a kids’ carnival that will begin at 10 a.m. The event will be at Boat Ramp No. 2.

Kansas lakes and rivers are known for producing big crappie, abundant channel catfish, huge flathead catfish and giant blue catfish. However, thousands of farm ponds that dot the rural landscape are filled with largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. Federal reservoirs are known for producing great walleye, wiper, crappie and white bass fishing.

For more information, contact Pomona State Park at 785-828-4933.


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