EagleHerald/Jody Korch
Anglers line the docks and piers at Great Lakes Memorial Marina for Saturday’s Kids Fishing Derby. (Color reprints: www.ehextra.com)
EagleHerald/Jody Korch Anglers line the docks and piers at Great Lakes Memorial Marina for Saturday’s Kids Fishing Derby. (Color reprints: www.ehextra.com)
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MENOMINEE — Trout saved the day for the 29th annual Kids Fishing Derby Saturday at Great Lakes Memorial Marina.
Plenty of prizes, such as rod-and-reel combos, and a heaping helping of hot dogs, potato chips and cold soda didn’t hurt, either.
Weather was perfect and the event was held without a hitch, except for a couple which insisted on using the marina boat launch, which was lined on both sides by fisherkids.
A total of 271 youths fished the derby. They reeled in 124 trout, which were stocked Wednesday by the M&M Great Lakes Sport Fishermen Club, which holds the derby. Kids also reeled in 11 perch, a bass, a sunfish and 43 gobies.
Peyton Mayland of Menominee reeled in the biggest fish, a 1.13-pound trout. Mayland, his father, Brad, and Mason Doubek reeled in 15 trout. So did a group which included Calvin Harris, Eli Masters, Ernie Masters, Ethan Masters, Ella Masters, Heather Masters and Lucy Etersky.
Evan Casey was the goby king — he caught a bunch of the Great Lakes invasive species.
Derby director Brian Clairmont is already making plans for next year’s 30th annual event. He is planning demonstrations on line tying and other fishing tips. If anyone wants to help out or donate to next year’s event, contact Clairmont, 715-735-7346.

Derby Leaderboard
Perch
1. Leo Roland, .07 pound
2. Macy Hoffman, .06 pound
3. Merissa Goodlet, .05 pound

Panfish/bass
1. Karsten DeGayner, 0.76-pound smallmouth bass
2. Joey Dulak, 0.26-pound sunfish

Goby
1. Evan Casey

Trout
1. Peyton Mayland, 1.13 pounds
2. Logan Olson, 1.00 pound
2. Katylyn Poquette, 1.00 pound