GENEVA — The city is providing kids a chance to try their hand at fishing, and they’re bringing in a professional to offer some tips on catching the big one.

City Recreation Director Janelle Drach said professional angler Jim Root of Binghamton will be a special guest during a free fishing clinic called “Come Fish With Me” Saturday at Lakefront Park. The clinic is open to children and their families.

The event is being held during the 52nd annual National Lake Trout Derby, which starts at 6 a.m. Saturday and continues until noon Monday. The awards ceremony is slated for 3 p.m. Monday in Lakefront Park.

“We are very lucky that Jim was able to stop into Geneva with his busy schedule to meet our local families and share his love and passion for fishing with us,” Drach said.

There are two sessions, 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. Those who register online at will be entered into a drawing for a set of fishing equipment designed for kids.

The event is co-sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, meaning participants won’t need licenses, Drach said.

Those attending will learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics, and aquatic technology.

Root, who grew up in the Finger Lakes, possesses more than 50 tournament victories. He writes a blog on fishing and weather for Weather Underground and has been featured on the Weather Channel. He competes in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern series.

In an email to the Times, Root said he had just returned from taping his second television spot for the Weather Channel.

“I will be featured in a full half-hour show in June about how weather conditions impact fishing,” he reported.

As for the National Lake Trout Derby, Finger Lakes Sports-O-Rama is accepting registrations at the Lake Street Filling Station at 41 Lake St. Sign-up periods are set for noon to 6 p.m. through Thursday, 9 a.m. to midnight Friday and 4-6 a.m. Saturday.

There are $21,325 in cash prizes available, much of it divvied up in various divisions. The grand prize is worth $5,000.

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