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New Canaan Kids to Angle for Top Trout

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — Dozens of New Canaan children will be hoping for a few bites this weekend – and we're not talking about snacks.

The kids will be casting lines into the Mill Pond Saturday in hopes of landing a big trout in the annual George Cogswell Fishing Derby. The fishing starts at 9 a.m.

The derby has been a town tradition for years. It was previously run by the New Canaan Police Benevolent Association and named for Cogswell, a former police officer. Today, several town agencies and local organizations help organize and run the derby, and local businesses chip in with refreshments. The pond, located off Mill Street and East Avenue, was stocked with more than 400 trout this week for the event.

Recreation Director Steve Benko expects more than 150 kids to participate, many of them casting lines for the first time. “It’s just a fun day for the kids,” Benko said. “It introduces kids to fishing, and Mill Pond is a nice place to host the event. It’s a nice community event.”

Benko is curious to see if anyone catches one of the pond's five 16-inch rainbow trout. “We’ve done it for five years now at Mill Pond, and no one’s caught one yet,” he said.

Kids 16 and younger fish for free. Prizes will be awarded in several categories, including first boy and girl to catch a fish and largest fish caught.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact the New Canaan Recreation Department at 203-594-3605.

To contribute to the fishing derby Fish Management Fund, send a check to New Canaan Town Hall, Attn: DPW Fish Management, 77 Main St., New Canaan, CT 06840.

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