Magnet Fishing

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Magnet Fishing Derby

May 22, 2021


Join Cosumnes CSD, and the Kiwanis Club of Laguna-Elk Grove, on Saturday, May 22 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM for the District's annual Magnet Fishing Derby at Elk Grove Park Lake! 

The Magnet Fishing Derby is a cooperative activity, with the goal being to surpass last year's total of 17 pounds of metal removed from the lake. 

Additional Event Information

  • Participants must register by Sunday, May 9. 
  • Event is rain or shine. Check-in begins at 10 AM. Social distancing and mask guidelines will be strictly enforced. Register online today!
  • This event is free for children ages 5 to 13; participants must be supervised by a parent or guardian. 
  • Equipment will be provided free of charge, courtesy of Laguna-Elk Grove Kiwanis, and must be returned at the end of the event. 
  • Participants may bring their own equipment, or purchase from the District for $30. A neodymium magnet with an eyebolt, at least 20 to 30 ft of paracord and cut resistant gloves are recommended.
  • All magnet fishers will receive a Certificate of Participation.

What is Magnet Fishing?

Magnet fishing combines traditional fishing with treasure hunting. Fishers cast their magnet into a body of water, hoping for a bite from the submerged treasure beneath! It may seem strange, but magnet fishing can provide many benefits to the environment as well as eager treasure hunters:

  • Casting and retrieving your magnet can be a great workout.
  • Removing metal debris from our waterways can help clean the environment.
  • It’s an opportunity for friends and family to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Finding submerged treasures may spark a newfound interest in local history.

Where Can I Magnet Fish?

There are currently no restrictions on magnet fishing in Elk Grove, but please keep safety in mind when choosing a location. Avoid fast-moving currents and be sure to tell someone else where you’re magnet fishing. Bridges can provide a safe location to cast-off from. Be mindful of the wildlife and avoid disturbing their habitat.

What Do I Need to Magnet Fish?

One of the attractive aspects of magnet fishing is it’s a relatively simple and inexpensive hobby to begin. Three basic pieces of equipment will get you out on the water:

  1. A neodymium magnet with an eyebolt. Be sure to use a thread adhesive when attaching the eyebolt to your magnet so that it does not unscrew itself.
  2. A length of rope or paracord, just 20-30 feet is enough to get started. It’s important to attach the rope to your magnet using a strong knot, such as a Palomar knot.
  3. Cut resistant gloves will protect your hands while handling potentially sharp and/or rusted pieces of metal.