Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Kids ages 3-13 years old are invited to a completely free fishing derby on July 14, 2018, from 9am to 1pm, at the 2.5 Acre pond at the Whistlestop Park in Byron Center Township. The first 50 kids will receive a free Zebco Rod and Reel combo to keep. Experienced fishermen and women will be present to instruct and assist junior anglers bait their hooks, and celebrate their catches. We expect 200 to 300 kids in attendance, and have EVERYTHING prepared that they may need to fish. Kids are encouraged to bring their own poles. If they do not have a pole, we have plenty for them to borrow (265 poles are prepared).

Learning Stations

Kids can gain fishing skills and knowledge by visiting the three learning stations!
Bait Station: Kids can learn about what fish like to eat and practice baiting their own hooks with gummy worms!
All About Fish Station: Kids can Meet a conservation officer and learn about different types Michigan Fish
Casting Station: Kids Get receive expert casting instruction while playing the backyard bass casting game!


-First 50 kids receive a free Zebco rod and reel combo!
-There are 4 tagged fish in the 2.5 acre pond. catch one to win a $10 Gift Certificate to Al and Bobs Sports!
– Biggest Fish – Tackle Bag and fishing combo
– Most Fish Caught – Tackle Bag and fishing combo
– Best Fish Pic – use the #rayparkfoundation for a $40 Cabala’s gift card – announced on Monday 6/11/2018

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering,
Email [email protected] or call 616.430.9274


Whistlestop Park
2120 76th St
Byron Center, MI 49315


Cost: FREE
Event Website: Click to Visit
Organizer: Molly Rinckey
Organization: Ray Park Foundation
Organizer Phone: 6164309274
Organizer Email: [email protected]


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