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Fishing Derby report!

June 11, 2017
Kevin Williams - Grundy County Conservation Director , Reinbeck Courier

Saturday, June 3. It was free fishing weekend. The weather was good. Sure it was unseasonably warm but the wind kept it very tolerable and it should be noted that there was no rain. None! And you know what? While a few adults talked about heat, I didn't hear one kid complain about anything. It was another success.

Grundy County Lake was the place for the annual Fishing Derby sponsored by Peoples Savings Bank. The event registration began at 7 AM and ran until noon.

Forty people of all ages registered for the event, but with parents, grandparents, and siblings it made for a good crowd. Kids were free. These eager fishermen weren't guaranteed a fish but they were guaranteed a door prize!

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Everyone had a good time at the fishing derby!
Photo by Kevin Williams

There were many familiar faces and new ones, as well. There were some that brought boats but most fished from shore. No rain this year. Everyone had a great time.

The winning bass was turned in about five minutes after the young gentleman started fishing and while a couple bass were turned in later that registered in the hundredths of a pound less it held the lead to the end.

The bluegills are on their spawning beds. That means they were spinning circles close to shore guarding those sites and not interested in eating. I can tell you that it frustrating for young participants to have to watch fish that would have won the contest and not be able to coax even one to take the bait.

One such person was my grandson. He didn't catch the largest fish, he didn't catch the most fish, but he did catch fish. He walked away with the prize he had his eyes on at the end. A tackle box!

At the noon close of the derby, the following anglers won their respective largest fish categories: panfish Clay Buseman and bass Jake Ascher. The catfish again proved elusive as none were turned in this year. Each of the winners received an impressive fishing gear package tailored to their fish category. The fishing derby is sponsored by Peoples Savings Bank.

Everyone went away with a door prize and good memories. That's what the fishing derby is all about.



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