Moosehorn Fishing Derby was Fun for All

Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge and Cobscook Bay State Park held their 17th annual Children’s Fishing Derby on June 14.  The derby is a free event open to children up to age 16 that is held every year the day before Father’s Day at the state park headquarters pond in Edmunds.  Fifty-nine children aged 1-16 competed in the event this year.  The lower than normal turnout may have been due in part to the forecast for rain showers that thankfully never really materialized until long after the derby was over.

The State of Maine and Moosehorn NWR stock the pond with brook trout prior to the derby every year, and this year at least 400 fish were stocked, including many large brood stock.  At least half of the children caught fish during the derby, with several children catching the legal limit of 5 fish.  The top 3 anglers (based on total weight of fish caught) in 3 different age classes took home prizes from the derby.  The winners of the fishing derby were: 

Age 0-5: first place Hunter Roberts, second place Lane Brown, third place Kaeden Reed.

Age 6-10: first place Kadance Ward, second place Isaac Archer, third place Shaelynn Brown.

Age 11-16: first place Felicia Smith, second place Clayton Beach, third place Christian Fowler.

Several random prizes were given out during the fishing derby as well, ranging from fishing gear to a remote-controlled helicopter, so even kids who had trouble catching fish had the chance to take home a prize.  As always, the young anglers and their families got to enjoy as many free red hot dogs, drinks, chips, and cookies that they could eat during the derby.  The children also got to keep the fish they caught, and certainly many families enjoyed the prize of a trout dinner Saturday night.

Moosehorn NWR and Cobscook Bay State Park staff and volunteers had at least as much fun serving up food and watching the kids fish as the kids had fishing.  The derby organizers want to thank Johnson’s True Value Hardware, Rite Aid, and Walmart of Calais for donating derby prizes and materials that truly helped make the derby a success for the children.