May 15, 2023-Pittsgrove, NJ– As part of our continued commitment to conservation, The Ike Foundation® was proud to support the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control on their spring lake stocking campaign. With our $1,000 donation, stocked eight ponds and lakes throughout the state with Largemouth Bass and Bluegill. The fish were raised at the Sussex County Correctional Center in Georgetown with guidance from advisors at Delaware State University.
Hillside Park Pond and Smithmill Pond, Newark, DE are small catch-and-release water bodies frequented by youth and families. All of the ponds and lakes that were stocked are open to the public and have fishing piers or courtesy docks, shoreline access, and boat ramps.
Ike’s 2023 Youth Tournament Trail
Ike’s Youth Fishing Tournament Trail is a competitive event series and an extension of The Ike Foundation®’a mission to get more kids fishing and in the outdoors. Youth, ages 8-18 (18 and a high school student) of all skill levels, are invited to sign up and compete in one or all three regional events. Anglers can fish from their own boat or can be paired with fully vetted volunteer anglers from local bass clubs. Prizes will be awarded to the top three youth anglers at each event.
May 20, 2023-Lums Pond, Bear DE
June 24, 2023-Union Lake, Millville, NJ
September 9, 2023-Newton Lake, Haddon Township, NJ
It is the hope of The Ike Foundation® that as participation grows, the tournaments will expand past the New Jersey/Delaware region. Youth anglers and boat captains can learn more about The Ike Foundation® Youth Fishing Tournament Trail and register here https://theikefoundation.org/youth-tournament-trail/.
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Founded in 2014 by Michael and Becky Iaconelli, the mission of The Ike Foundation® is to get more kids fishing and, in the outdoors, especially youth in areas where those activities are not readily available. We support youth fishing clubs, civic groups and charitable organizations that promote the sport of fishing, the ecology of the outdoors and the responsibility each person has to maintain our planet’s natural resources. The Ike Foundation® is approved by the IRS as a 501©(3) tax-exempt organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. All proceeds from our programs go to The Ike Foundation®’s mission. Tax-deductible contributions are welcome and can be made on the website Donate to The Ike Foundation®