The City of Oneonta announces that the 62nd annual Fishing Derby, presented by the Oneonta Lions Club and the Susquehanna Bass Association will be held on Saturday, August 3 at Hodges Pond in Neahwa Park.

This Fishing Derby is a free “catch and release” competition for children 3 through age 15. There will be awards given out for biggest bass caught and most fish caught among different age categories, plus free refreshments.

All participants must provide their own fishing pole, bait/lures, and a clean bucket. Parents/Guardians must complete a registration/release form in order for their child/children to be eligible to participate in the fishing derby. 

Registration forms are available on-line, just click here.  

Children may also be registered by a parent or guardian on Saturday, August 5th from 3 to 3:45 p.m., prior to the start of the Fishing Derby at the skatehouse area of Hodges Pond in Neahwa Park.  Fishing will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m., and the competition will be complete at 5:00 p.m., then judging, along with an awards ceremony will take place from 5:15 pm to 6 pm.


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