Families hit the lake for the 51st Clyde West Fishing Derby - WEEK

PEORIA (WEEK) - For the 51st year, the Peoria Park District invited families to get out, enjoy the fresh air and catch some fish.

It was the 51st annual Clyde West Fishing Derby at Glen Oak Park, named after a former Park District trustee who started the derby to spread their love of fishing.

More than 1200 pounds of fish were dumped into the lake for people of all ages to catch, and organizers say more than 500 people showed up to get in on the action and meet some new friends along the way.

“This is an event that also brings strangers together. People that live in the same neighborhood, I’ve heard some comments throughout the morning saying, ‘Hey, I’ve seen you down the street and never caught your name!’ and it just really brings everybody together,” said Jocelyn McDowell of the Peoria Park District.

There were prizes given out to kids who caught their first-ever fish, plus, a special prize was awarded to the fisherman or woman who could snag an albino fish out of the lake.

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