Annual children’s fishing derby set for April 27

The 62nd Annual Perry J. Spinelli fishing derby for youngsters 13 years of age and under will be held on Saturday, April 27 at the Page Park Lagoon from 7 to 10 a.m. This very popular event for youngsters from the Bristol/Forestville area is being co-sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department and the Bristol Fish and Game Association. Many local fishing experts are expected to be on hand to give suggestions and tips on how to catch the big one. Prizes will be awarded in many different categories ranging from smallest fish to largest fish. The rules for the fishing derby are as follows:

No fishing at Page Park Lagoon until 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 27. All participants must obtain a Fishing Derby Permit on Saturday, April 27 at the control station on the deck of the Page Park Pavilion. Permits will be issued starting at 6:30 a.m.

Participants must be residents of Bristol/Forestville 13 years of age or younger.

Each youngster may use only one pole, one hook, one bobber, and any legal bait. (Live bait may be used.)

Artificial lures are not allowed during the derby.

Gang hooks are strictly forbidden.

Parents may assist in casting only. Youngsters must land their own fish.

Catch limit is three during the derby, and daily after that.

No pets are allowed near the pond.

All fishing must be done from the shore. No one will be allowed to enter the water at any time.

Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the derby. Winners will be announced at 10:15 a.m.

The decision of the judges will be final.

After the derby, youngsters aged 15 and under may fish at the Page Park Lagoon daily. For further information, call the BristolParks and Recreation Department weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at (860) 584-6160.

For any questions please contact Joshua Medeiros, recreation coordinator at