CONESVILLE - The Conesville Rod and Gun Club held it's annual Kid's Fishing Derby on Saturday May 11. Fifteen boys and girls showed up on an overcast morning that eventually became a rainy day. The wet conditions did not dampen anyone's sprits and everyone fished with great enthusiasm.
Most of the kids had parents or grandparents along to cheer them on, bait hooks and provide expert advice. Almost everyone caught at least one fish and several fisher folks hauled in a number of them.
The derby took place on the land of Gene and Stella Maiello along Manorkill Road. The Maiello pond is several acres so there was enough room for everyone to move around to find the hot spots.
Club members purchased and released brown, brook and tiger trout. Several of the fish were well over a foot long. Besides the trout the kids caught a number of sunfish.
After two and a half hours of fishing the contest came to an end and the top prize winning fish was a sixteen-inch, two-pound trout caught by Rhiannon Foster. Everyone however went home with a prize.
Although it was raining quite hard all anglers, parents and club members gathered under tents for lunch. The club supplied hot dogs, cookies, cup cakes and soda.
Long time Conesville Rod and Gun Club president Dewey Irving said, “We have a great time putting this event on for the kids. We hope that they get interested in the outdoors and continue to be fishermen”.