Watford City prepares for its13th Annual Fishing Derby

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WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Watford City's fishing pond is expected to get crowded over the weekend. This Saturday anglers are bringing out their fishing poles in hopes of reeling in the biggest catch at this year’s fishing derby.

“Last year we had about 132 kids register and so with that we expect with parents and everything in between about 250 is what can expect from people to show up,” said Justin Hartel, North Dakota Oil and Gas.

A lot of preparation was made months in advance to make this event a success.

“North Dakota Game and Fish they come down and stock the pond. I believe they came down and stocked the pond a few weeks ago and so it's ready to go for our fishing event,” said Julia Beard, recreational technician.

Organizers say they are expecting a huge turnout for this weekend's event. Not only will anglers be able to catch some fish, but it's also an opportunity for the community to come together.

“Getting to know your neighbor and with so many new faces in town it's a chance to meet those people and the kids,” said Hartel.

Volunteers say they are grateful for the community's support providing donations and devoting their time into this event.

“They really help us out from anything with door prizes helping out volunteering to monetary donations and so we really rely on the community to be able to sponsor this event,” said Beard.

Every angler has the opportunity of winning cool prizes at the fishing derby.

Whether you are an expert or beginner at catching fish, it doesn’t matter as long as your using the right bait. On-site registration will be held at the Watford City Fishing Pond from 9 a.m.

Lunch will also be provided at the event at 11:30 a.m.