Free fishing day planned at Maumee Boy Scout Camp

If you’re a kid who likes to fish or know a kid who might, Hoosier National Forest officials invite you to the Kids Fishing Derby on May 26 at Lake Tarzian at Maumee Scout Reservation.

The derby is a free event for families at the camp, north of Norman off of County Road 925W in northwestern Jackson County.

The goal is to get kids hooked on fishing, according to a news release from Teena Ligman, a public affairs specialist with the Hoosier National Forest.

Awards will be given for the most fish caught and the biggest fish caught for each age group. Check-in time for the fishing contest begins at 8 a.m. The contest starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at noon, followed by a free cookout for everyone who attends, including adults.

Fishing poles, bait and prizes will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear.

Other events include a casting contest, water safety education, bait and fish identification, knot tying and crafts.

Participants will have the chance to shoot carp targets in the water with a bow and arrow, and there are fishing-related games for small children, event coordinator Bryan King said.

Participants should be 15 or younger and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The event is limited to the first 75 kids to register.

Registration is open at the U.S. Forest Service Bedford Office or by calling 812-275-5987. Maps are available at the Bedford office or online at

Other sponsors include Bass Pro Shops, National Wild Turkey Federation, Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Boy Scouts.