The sky was overcast and threatening rain, but that did not deter droves of young anglers aged three-13 from taking part in the kids' fishing derby hosted by KidSport Rainy River in conjunction with the Rainy River Walleye Tournament.
As it turned out, the cool, cloudy conditions Saturday were just perfect for catching fish!
Eleven of the 76 eager young anglers on the big dock at Hannam Park pulled in what is believed to be a record number of fish for the annual KidSport derby, with a total of 13 fish caught.
In the six-and-under age group, the trophy and prize for biggest fish went to five-year-old Chase Ableman for his 18-inch northern.
Prizes also were awarded to Hunter Plant (15-inch walleye), Lincoln Anderson (10-inch rock bass), and Hudson Nordin (10-inch rock bass).
In the seven-and-over age group, the trophy and prize for biggest fish went to nine-year-old to Ashley Homer for her 21-inch northern.
Prizes also were awarded to Joshua Peters (18.5-inch northern), Nina Kreger (16-inch walleye), Phoenix Nault (15-inch Walleye), and Jacob Leininger (13.8- and 13.1-inch northerns).
Also winning prizes were Teira Forester (12.5- and 13-inch walleyes) and Tori Wood (10-inch walleye).
With the support of the Friends of Hannam Park, Northwestern Health Unit, Rainy River Rec Centre, and the RRWT, every angler was presented with a loot bag just for coming out and participating.
KidSport Rainy River would like to acknowledge the longtime support of Dickie Byrnes, who donates fishing rods as prizes every year, and JC Enterprises (Earl Cory), who always is at the dock donating minnows for all the young anglers fishing in the derby.
We also appreciate the high school student volunteers who came out on that cool, cloudy morning to help make the derby a success again this year.
KidSport Rainy River is composed entirely of volunteers and desperately needs new members to continue to operate.
To volunteer or for more information, contact Dianne McCormack at 852-1695.
KidSport is an organization that prides itself on helping children participate in organized sport; making it possible for all kids to play!