PLAINVILLE - With Paderewski Pond having recovered since the 2015 fish kill, the town is planning to bring back its fishing derby May 7.
Paderewski Pond has been monitored and studied extensively since a large fish die off Oct. 4, 2015.
Town officials now believe that the pond is healthy enough to bring back the popular town tradition, sponsored by the Plainville Conservation Commission, which will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Children ages 5 to 15 will head down to the pond with their families for this catch and release fishing derby, where they may be able to win prizes such as fishing lures, tackle boxes and fishing poles.
The Parent Teacher Committee of the Middle School of Plainville and the school’s principal Matthew Guarino will be selling breakfast food.
Town Manager Robert E. Lee said that he is glad to see the “nice family event” return.
“The town will be stocking the pond with trout before the derby,” he said. “Hopefully this will bring people out to the park and give our younger people a nice exposure to fishing.”
Marge Burris, chair of the Conservation Commission, said that the fishing derby is a “very exciting day.”
“It’s a great way to get kids back out into nature and to teach them about the importance of conservation,” she said. “In past years we’ve seen 50 to 80 kids and their families come out that day. In addition to trout, I’ve seen kids catch catfish, sunfish, blue gills and small bass.
“One year I saw a little girl come up to us so excited that she had caught this tiny fish which was so small that it didn’t even register on our digital scale. Still, she was so happy to have caught a fish which is what this is all about.”
“It’s nice to see that the pond is in good enough shape where we can have this again,” said Roberta Lauria, vice chair of the Conservation Commission. “This will be a big benefit to the youngest members of our community.
“This year we also moved it back to 8:30 from when it was originally held at 7 a.m. for the benefit of the neighbors of Paderewski Pond.”
Participants can pre-register from 10 a.m. to noon May 6 at Plainville Public Library at 56 E. Main St.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.