Fishing derby popular in Baldwin

Youngsters and adults enjoy another Baldwin fishing derby.

BALDWIN — It’s no secret that youngsters love catching fish.

This explains the secret to the success to the Baldwin Rotary’s youth fishing derby recentlymm

Anglers sre
set for a big week .

at the local fish hatchery.

Ron Dionne, of the Rotary, noted the tournament was 8-10 a.m on Saturday. Anglers enjoyed a light drizzle during the morning.

“This event has been going on for a long-time,” Baldwin area resident and local sportsman Greg Nichols Sr., said. “I did this whole thing for 10 years, now the Rotary is doing it. It’s all volunteers. We get donations. Kids get to have a good time. It’s a good event. Everybody is guaranteed a fish.”

Derby officials also supply fishing rods and lines for the youngsters.

The event was also on Friday with 69 youngsters and close to 120 on Saturday. The numbers on Friday were a little less than usual, derby volunteer Irene Janik said.

“They’re having a great time,” Janik said. “They’re laughing and giggling and screaming. Yesterday was beautiful weather.

She said 1,200 fish were put into the ponds prior to event.

“They’re rainbow trout and they get to catch two fish,” Janik said. “Then they go across the street and have them cleaned so they’re already to have for lunch. The Rotary is doing that too. We have a lot of volunteers that come in every year.”

While Baldwin youngsters were heavy in the turnout, it was open to other children, Janik said.

“I did this when I was 5 years old,” she said. “They’ve been doing this forever. I’m going to be 50 this year. It’s for kids 5 to 10 years old, but we’re flexible.”

 

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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