Families brave snow, cold weather for fishing derby

Despite the cold temperatures Saturday morning, the Kemmerer Rec Center’s annual kids fishing derby still drew a goodsized crowd. Over 65 participants battled the unseasonably cold weather to have the chance at winning prizes donated by the local businesses and community members. (GAZETTE PHOTOS/Michelle Tibbetts)

KEMMERER — The light snow and cold temperatures didn’t stop the children of Kemmerer from hitting the pond early Saturday, June 8, to participate in the free Youth Fishing Derby hosted by the Kemmerer Recreation Center. More than 65 children from the surrounding area arrived at the kids pond adjacent to the Hamsfork River in Kemmerer for a day of fishing and fun. 

Volunteers from the City of Kemmerer and the local BLM office helped rec center staff measure fish, hand out prizes and prepare a barbecue lunch, serving hotdogs and grilled fish caught at the derby.

“It was a cold Youth Fishing Derby day!” Rec Center manager and program coordinator Darlene Schulthess said. “Thanks to all you kids who came to the pond and showed how skilled you are at fishing.”

Many of the participants caught multiple fish, including rainbows, cutthroats and even a few grayling. Despite the weather, kids were smiling, laughing and enjoying the friendly competition as they lined up to measure their catch, anxiously waiting to see who had the biggest fish.

Paislee Kaiser was the first to set her hook, winning First Fish of the Day. Her fish measured 11.9 inches. Top Fisherman of the Day was Carter Wood, who caught a monster cutthroat, measuring 18.4 inches and winning the Biggest Catch of the Day award.

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