2018-04-26 / Outdoors

Trout opener, fish derby this weekend

The Scott Brow Fish Derby wasn’t meant to be an ice fishing tournament.

“If it was this weekend, it probably would be. Thank goodness it’s nine days away,” Dave Korson said of the Old Mill Pond last Thursday.

The pond is slated to be stocked with about 325 fish today in advance of Saturday’s derby, which coincides with the Michigan trout opener and lasts from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The annual event is sponsored by the Northport Sportsman’s Club and organized in honor of sportsman Scott Brow.

Brow died from injuries sustained in a 1977 car accident at the age of 18.

“It’s just a good opportunity to have a youngster catch a fish,” said Korson, club president. “The odds of catching a fish are much higher than going to an inland lake that isn’t stocked. It’s just a good first-time experience.”

The experience will include trophies for the first-, second- and third-largest catches and other donated prizes.

Free coffee and donuts will be provided in the morning before hot dogs hit the grill around 11 a.m. Chips and lemonade will be served, as well.

Kids without fishing equipment will have access to more than a dozen ready-to-fish poles at no charge, Korson said. Some worms and wigglers will be available as well.

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