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New Germany State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo

young girl showig off her fish catch Who: Children 15 and under
When:  Saturday, May 17 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: New Germany State Park, 349 Headquarters Lane, Grantsville
Cost: Free                                                                                            
Contact: 301-895-5453 or

Young anglers of all skill levels are invited to enjoy a morning of fun and fishing at New Germany State Park’s annual Youth Fishing Rodeo.

“The Fishing Rodeo is a great opportunity for kids to learn and enjoy the sport of fishing in a pressure-free environment,” said Park Ranger Luke Mongrain. “Competitive prizes and door prizes will be awarded, so everyone will have a chance to win.”

Beginning at 7:30 a.m., the first 50 registrants will receive a free grab bag stocked with fishing tackle. To encourage beginners, a limited supply of equipment will be available for loan during the event. Fishing will take place from 8 to 11 a.m., followed by the awards ceremony and prize drawings. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded for the longest fish caught.

Children will also have the opportunity to create their own souvenir t-shirts during a fish painting activity after the event. The park encourages those participants to bring a white t-shirt or purchase one at the park. Food, refreshments, and gift items will also be available for purchase at the New Germany Snack Bar and Gift Shop, located inside the Lake House. 

During the rodeo, fishing will be restricted to children 15 and under, with limited adult assistance. Boating will not be permitted. 

Prizes are courtesy of Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle, Allegany Garrett Sportsman’s Association, Bill’s Outdoor Center, LaVale Wal-Mart, and DNR interpretive services.