Riverton Kiwanis: Kids Hooked on Fishing

As many of you know, Saturday was free fishing day in Wyoming. To celebrate free fishing day, the

Kiwanis club in Riverton hosted their annual kids fishing derby. The turnout was great today at the derby

as 90 kids were signed up to fish. There were also almost 120 fishing poles given out to participants who

did not have their own supplies on hand.

Some of the fish that were caught were impressive even to Paul Gerrity who is a Fisheries Biologist for

the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Paul said that he has been attending this event for 8 years

now and that the 18 inch bass was the biggest bass he had seen come out of the rendezvous ponds on

the day of the fishing derby. He did mention however that there are some bass in the ponds that are

over 20 inches in length.

The derby fishing competition was broken down into four age groups which were classified as follows:

1-4 year olds, 5-7 year olds, 8-9 year olds and 10-12+ year olds. Each age group had 4 prize winners

based on the length of their fish. The winners for each age group are as follows:

1-4 year olds:

1 st place: Tristan Dornblazer with a 24 ½ inch Carp

2 nd place: Carsen Simon with an 18 inch Bass

3 rd place: Xaviar Phillips with a 17 inch Bass

4 th place: Jaxon Lemley with a 13 ¼ inch Carp

5-7 year olds:

1 st place: Christopher Dahle with a 19 ¾ inch Carp

2 nd place: Katie Edwards with a 13 ½ inch Bass

3 rd place: Ashton Barker with a 13 ¼ inch Carp

4 th place: Loahnezz Meeks with a 11 ¾ inch Carp

8-9 year olds:

1 st place: Tate Green with a 10 ¾ inch Bass

1 st place: Patrick Dornblazer with a 10 ¾ inch Bass

2 nd place: Quiana Piper with a 6 ½ inch Sunfish

3 rd place: Trevin Chippewa with a 4 ¾ Sunfish

4 th place: Hailey Engstrom with a 4 ¼ inch Sunfish

10-12+ year olds:

1 st place: Kristena Dickinson with a 12 inch Carp

2 nd place: Devon Cross with a 9 ½ Trout

3 rd place: Jason Slowbear with a 8 ¾ inch Trout

4 th place: Kylie Atherton with a 8 ¼ Bass