El Paso County Parks will host a youth fishing derby at Willow Springs Ponds from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, May 19.

Get outside and learn to fish at Willow Springs Ponds. This is a free fishing derby for children ages 5 to 15. No fishing licenses are need for the children.

“Some of my fondest memories are from fishing with my dad and godfather as a youth,” Commissioner Longinos Gonzalez, Jr. said. “And some of the greatest joy I’ve seen in children is the excitement and pride in catching their first fish. Come join us and enjoy a morning of family fun, lunch, and creating new memories.”

Join the fun of fishing demonstrations, prizes, and hot dogs grilled by Commissioner Gonzalez.

For questions regarding this PSA, please contact: Theresa Odello, Recreation Coordinator, El Paso County Recreation & Cultural Services Community Services Department (719) 520-6977, or visit www.elpasocountynaturecenters.com

Willow Springs Fishing Area can be reached from Interstate 25 to Exit 132A, East on CO Hwy 16 to South Hwy 85/Santa Fe Ave., West on Frontage Road/Willow Springs Road.

The fishing derby is sponsored by El Paso County Parks, Anglers Covey, Fountain Valley Bass Club, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Colorado Department of Wildlife, The Peak Fly Shop, and Sportsman’s Warehouse.

2017 Fishing Derby