Fishing derby set for April 28, courtesy of Buckley Kiwanis

Grab your fishing rod and head down to the pond at Uncle John’s RV Park.

The Buckley Kiwanis Club’s annual fishing derby is planned for April 28, the opening day of the lowland fishing season.

It’s a free event, drawing children and parents to the pond at Uncle John’s RV Park, on the south side of state Route 410 between Buckley and Bonney Lake.

Youngsters up to age 14 are invited to fish, but the derby is for kids up to 12. Derby hours are from 7 to 9 a.m., although kids will be allowed to fish until noon.

The Kiwanis Club will be handing out cash prizes to kids landing the largest fish. Winners will be awarded in three age groups (birth to age 5, 6 to 9 years and 10 to 12). First prize in each category is $15, second place will receive $10 and third place gets $5.

The day includes hot dogs, chips and drinks, provided from 9 to 10 a.m. by Uncle John’s RV Park. Kiwanis Club members will hand out coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts from 7 to 10.

The day is made possible by volunteers and donations. The Kiwanis Club is assisted by the White River High School Key Club and the Buckley Firefighters Association. Fishing poles and tackle are provided by Uncle John’s.

The state Fish and Game Department stocks the pond with up to 1,000 trout, each about 9 to 12 inches in size. The Buckley Kiwanis Club purchases approximately 50 extra-large trout, some up to 10 pounds.

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