American Legion to host youth fishing derby in Monroe

The American Legion Department of Connecticut's 3rd District is holding a youth fishing derby on Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at Great Hollow Lake on Purdy Hill Road in Monroe.

The American Legion Department of Connecticut’s 3rd District is holding a youth fishing derby on Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at Great Hollow Lake on Purdy Hill Road in Monroe.

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MONROE - Young fishermen have a chance to hook the big one later this month.

The American Legion Department of Connecticut’s 3rd District is holding a youth fishing derby on Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at Great Hollow Lake on Purdy Hill Road in Monroe. The district is comprised of more than 2,400 veterans from 22 American Legion posts in Fairfield County.

“Children and youth is one of the four pillars of the American Legion, and we hope that the fishing derby will be a positive experience for children in Fairfield County,” said Mike Kellett, who chairs the district’s executive committee. “The derby is designed as an opportunity for children and families to enjoy the great outdoors together.”

All children 15 and younger can participate. Those fishing can check in at the Great Hollow Lake Pavilion for a free chance to win a door prize.

First, second and third place trophies will be awarded for the longest fish in each of three groups age groups. There will also be a grand prize trophy for the longest overall fish of the day.

Parents may help children cast, but children must reel in the fish. Fish should be brought to the measuring table as soon as caught. In case of a tie, fish with the earliest time will win. Only two trout per angler may be kept (state rules). Do not return trout to lake. All other species may be catch and release.

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