Annual Fishing Derby at McDade Park Scheduled for May 5th

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The Lackawanna County Commissioners and the Parks & Recreation Department have finalized plans for the 26th annual fishing derby at McDade Park on Saturday, May 5. The event is limited to the first 250 children and costs $5 to register.

There are two tiers of fishing times – 11 am to 12:45 pm for kids 4 – 8 years old; and 1:15 pm – 3 pm for those 9 – 12. Call the park office for details (570) 963-6764.

Shown from left: William Davis, deputy director for the parks & recreation department; Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley and Mark Dougher, the Parks & Recreation’s Buildings & Grounds Manager.  


Area Boy Scout Reels in Record Breaking Pickrell

Jake Campbell

Life Scout Jake Campbell caught the largest pickerel ever at Goose Pond this summer.

Boy Scouts are across the region are camping at Goose Pond Boy Scout Reservation this summer. Activities include boating, swimming, merit badge classes and fishing.

Trying to angle for the big one is every fisherman’s goal. Boy Scout Jake Campbell of Dunmore Troop 66 reached that goal this week. Campbell caught the largest pickrell in Goose Pond records, measuring at 22.5 inches. Receiving plenty of praise and slaps on the back, Campbell hopes to keep his newly gained fame and title for the largest pickrell at Goose Pond.

Excited about his catch, he told a whopper of a fish story to the other Scouts and leaders. He didn’t need to embellish or exaggerate the size. He will have this memory at Goose Pond to store away with years of others amazing Scouting memories.

Troop 66 is full of great fishermen. In 2015, Boy Scout Joe Talutto caught the largest largemouth bass at Goose Pond. That records still stands.

Jake is a 16 year old Life Scout on his Journey to Eagle. He lives in Scranton and is a Junior at Scranton High School.

Young Fishers Throw a Line in Annual Fishing Derby

Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley and members of the Parks & Recreation staff presented trophies to the winners in the 9 – 12 age category at the 25th annual fishing derby held recently at McDade Park.  Over 70 children participated in the event.

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Front row, from left: Kaylana Howey, first to the limit; Gina Abbatiello, fifth place largest fish caught; Olivia Van Levender, second place largest fish caught; Holden Cravetts, first place largest fish caught; and Aiden Van Levender, fourth place largest fish caught and first fish caught.  

Back row: William Davis, the County’s Deputy Director for Parks & Recreation; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Mark Dougher, the County’s Parks & Recreation’s Buildings & Grounds Manager; and Andy Kudzinowski, Kenny White and Bernie Pritchyk, Parks & Recreation staff.      


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Shown from left: Mark Dougher, the County’s Parks & Recreation’s Buildings & Grounds Manager; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Moriah Silverman, fourth and fifth place largest fish caught; William Vassel, first place largest fish caught; Cecelia Cravetts, third place largest fish caught; Michael Trombly, first fish caught and second place largest fish caught with Mason Trombly; Alex Hapstak, first to the limit; William Davis, the County’s Deputy Director for Parks & Recreation; and Andy Kudzinowski, Parks & Recreation staff.