New Britain fishing derby returns to Stanley Quarter Park; here's how to take part

Published on Thursday, 8 April 2021 09:32
Written by Catherine Shen


NEW BRITAIN – The city’s annual Youth and Adult Fishing Derby is back this Saturday at Stanley Quarter Park and those interested in participating are encouraged to pre-register.

“It’s really exciting to be able to bring this special event back. We had to cancel last year because of the pandemic. But with all the new guidelines out, we were able to figure something out and bring back the event safely,” said Eric Dowling, the city’s recreation services coordinator.

The event will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain. Pre-registration is required and participants have until Friday at 3:45 p.m. to pre-register, which can be made online at or call 860-826-3360. Registration forms are available in the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Office in room 302, City Hall, located at 27 W. Main St.

Participants ages 15 and under can register for free and adults ages 16 and older have an $8 registration fee. There will be no on-site registration available this year due to the pandemic.

At the pond, there will be spaces marked 10-feet apart for social distancing. Families within the same space are allowed to take off their masks. But when they leave the space, masks are required to be on at all times. The spaces will also be at a first come, first served basis.

There will be two prizes available this year. Prizes will be awarded for the heaviest fish and longest fish in each specific age groups: Under 5 years, 5 to 8 years, 9 to 12 years, 13 to 15 years, and adults 16 and over.

Because the event has been around for decades, Dowling said it is even more exciting to see it come back this year.

“Things seem to be safer now so we’re really excited to see people back at the pond,” he said. “We’re also supposed to get really nice weather so we hope to see people out this Saturday.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 8 April 2021 09:32. Updated: Thursday, 8 April 2021 09:35.