River Day: Fishing + Family = Fun!

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

The fish were biting last Saturday, during the 15th Annual Auburn Hills Fishing Derby.  Sixty-seven kids (and their parents) braved the unseasonably chilly temperatures for a chance to catch one of the 850 rainbow trout that were released into the Clinton River at Riverside Park.

Volunteers from Vanguard Trout Unlimited assisted participants with fishing gear and helped unhook fish, which was helpful with many kids landing more than one fish that morning. One of the main reasons so many kids caught a trout that day was due in large part to the generous donations made by Detroit Metro Steelheaders, Clinton Valley Trout Unlimited and General Towing.  Their donation enabled the City almost to double the amount of trout released for the event.

While not every kid was fortunate enough to catch a trout, everyone walked away with a raffle prize. Prizes included tackle boxes, fishing nets, hats, Uncle Buck’s cheese curls and over 60 slightly used rod and reel combos donated by Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

If you missed the derby, there are still plenty of fish and time to test your fishing skills in downtown Auburn Hills Riverside Park or River Woods Park – both located along the banks of the Clinton River.

For those interested in becoming more involved in increasing and/or promoting the fishing opportunities in the area, please visit:

Detroit Area Steelheaders 

Clinton Valley Trout Unlimited

Vanguard Trout Unlimited

For information on what action you can take to protect our water resources and our resident trout population, please visit www.auburnhills.org/stormwater.php or www.crwc.org.

A special thank you to all our Fishing Derby sponsors and supporters.

A Record Crowd Celebrates River Day

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The 14th Annual Auburn Hills Fishing Derby was held last Saturday on June 10th to celebrate River Day, and a record 114 young anglers were on hand for the occasion.  Warm weather, high waters and a river full of rainbow trout greeted over 160 attendees.

Derby participants tested their skills and patience in catching one of the 500 rainbow trout the City had released into the river.  Not every kid was fortunate enough to catch a fish (which must be why they call it “fishing” instead of “catching”) but all 114 kids walked away with a raffle prize thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters.

Hats off to our Premier Sponsor, Bass Pro Shop, who stepped up big by donating 200 slightly used rods and reels for the City to refurbish and assemble for the raffle.

If you missed the Derby, there is still plenty of time to fish in Riverside Park or River Woods Park, although now you might need a little more patience to land one of the 15” rainbow trout now that they aren’t confined to just a small section of the river.

For information on what action you can take to protect our water resources and our resident trout population, please visit www.auburnhills.org/stormwater.php or http://www.crwc.org/.

A special thank you to all of our Fishing Derby sponsors and supporters.

Auburn Hills Celebrates River Day With Fishing Derby

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

In celebration of River Day 2015, the City of Auburn Hills held its 12th Annual Fishing Derby at Riverside Park.  Over 90 young anglers participated in this annual event, with total attendance surpassing 130.

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This year the City stocked the river with 650 brown trout, to give derby participants a better chance at catching a fish.

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Assorted raffle prizes for Derby participants

Although not every kid was fortunate enough to catch a fish during the derby all 92 kids walked away with a raffle prize, thanks to the generosity of this year’s fishing derby sponsors and supporters.

Mayor, Kevin McDaniel and  Parks & Rec Director, Brian Marzolf with one of the lucky raffle winners.

Mayor, Kevin McDaniel (Right) and Parks & Rec Director, Brian Marzolf with one of the lucky raffle winners.

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Now that the fishing derby is over, the real challenge begins for all the avid anglers out there to locate the fishing holes where the trout now reside.  Reports indicate that many still live in the waters of Auburn Hills.

For information on what action you can take to protect our water resources and our resident trout population, please visit www.auburnhills.org/stormwater.php.

Fish Tales

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

In celebration of River Day,  71 youthful fishing enthusiast participated the 11th Annual Auburn Hills Fishing Derby held at Riverside Park in Downtown Auburn Hills this past Saturday.

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There were plenty of fish caught and even more family memories made during the perfect sun filled day.

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Volunteers from Trout Unlimited Vanguard Chapter were on hand to provide assistance to anyone who might have hooked into one of the 650 rainbow trout released in the river for the derby.  Thanks to Bass Pro Shop, the Derby’s main sponsor, every kid walked away with a raffle prize.

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To view pictures of the event please visit the Auburn Hills Facebook Page.  https://www.facebook.com/CityofAuburnHills