Keepin’ It Reel, Igniting a Spark for Mental Health & Suicide Awareness Virtual Fishing Tournament

Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29 

Calling all youth anglers . . . do you love to fish, and are you 7-18 years old? If you answered yes, scroll down and register for this partnered tournament. Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to be outdoors, many people stay overnight in Ohio state parks or private campgrounds and enjoy recreation and nature. May is also Mental Health Awareness month and our partners have teamed up with us to raise awareness of this illness and help friends in need. This tournament will be will allow you two days to compete to make you way to the live leaderboard of anglers.

Our tournament is titled, “Keepin it Reel and Igniting a Spark for Mental Health and Suicide Awareness” our partners include Kokosing Valley Jr Anglers Youth Club, National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) of Knox and Licking County, Igniting a Spark, Prevent Suicide, Inc., Knox County Community Health Center and Knox Public Health. 

The tournament is an innovative way to host an event virtually allowing you to fish from any body of water within Knox and Licking counties. There are many locations to choose from or you may decide to fish on private property such as your own pond or lake. The tournament app is “Fish Donkey” and we invite you to download the app and register to participate in this fun event . We are limiting the tournament to 200 entries (100 anglers from each county). These anglers will have their entry fees covered by a generous donation from the Knox County Park District and our partners. You must however fish within the stated boundaries.

To view the tournament details, rules and how to register, please view below the tip sheet before registering. In order to participate you must have a mobile device and download the Fish Donkey app. We are very excited to work with the developers of this app as we provide a unique tournament series. Great prizes awarded at each tournament!! A follow-up drive-thru will be held at a later date for participants to receive a “tackle sack” full of freebies and resource materials.

In Knox County you might consider Wolf Run Park pond or Ariel Foundation Park lakes and do not forget about the Kokosing River (perfect home to many smallmouth bass)! If you do fish the lakes at Ariel Foundation Park, please consider recording the fish you caught by completing their fish survey at the bottom of the page. Also provided below is a Fish ID list of those species found in the main stem of the Kokosing River and their locations. This information is being provided by Brian Zimmerman, OSU River Ecologist and Research Associate with The Ohio State University. 

The Knox County Park District future tournaments for youth are posted on our website under Events, please consider joining us for all our Fish Donkey tournaments!