On Saturday morning, June 29, Rochester area pre-K to 8th grade completed students can compete in the fourth annual Rochester Fishing Derby at the Village Park Pond. This pond was dredged to a 15-foot depth in early 2008 by the Operating Engineers Local 965. Since then it has been stocked by the Village and is producing many nice fish and providing great fishing experiences for children and adults. A DNR fish census revealed populations of largemouth bass, red ear sunfish, crappies and channel catfish.
At , RochesterHigh School biology students led by biology teacher Mrs. Godar will demonstrate the studies which led to the dredging of the pond, including microscopic studies, chemical monitoring, GPS and GIS studies of the pond geography and ecology. Representatives of the Rochester Arboretum Committee will discuss plans for the new outdoor classroom and pond erosion control.
At , members of the Springfield Crappie Club will explain the rules, and conduct the fishing derby. Bring your own fishing tackle; bait will be provided. Help from parents and grandparents will be greatly appreciated. Prizes of fishing tackle donated by DNR and local businesses will be awarded for the most fish caught in different boys and girls age categories. All youth will be provided with fishing information supplied by the IL Department of Natural Resources. No fishing licenses are needed for this contest.
For more information, contact the Rochester Village Office, 492-7192.