The city of Painesville's Recreation Department is hosting its first-ever steelhead fishing derby, the contest running through April 30.
Rules are pretty simple and straight-forward. Acceptance of catch must come from the waters of the Grand River between the St. Clair Street bridge south to the Route 84 bridge. That's a lot of fishable water, however, and includes some of the stream's best sections.
Anglers are allowed to submit up to two fish daily. At the conclusion of the derby the angler with the three longest fish will be declared the winner. The top prize will be a $100 gift certificate to KMD Tackle, a $50 gift certificate to KMD Tackle for second place, and a $25 gift certificate to KMD Tackle for third place.
The entry fee is $10.
The two check-in stations include the city's water pollution control plant,1170 North State St. from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; and KMD Tackle, 263 Liberty St.
Tournament rules are available at www.painesville.com while further information and to register is available by calling the recreation department at 440-392-5912.
Jeffrey L. Frischkorn