Approximately two hundred eager young anglers, together with their siblings, parents, and grandparents, attended the annual “Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs” Fishing Derby.

Presque Isle Elks Club

This was the 16th consecutive year for the event sponsored by the Presque Isle Elks, Lodge #1954, at Mantle Lake in Presque Isle. The derby was held on Saturday, June 4.

Andrew Rossignol, an eight year-old from Woodland, caught the longest fish, a fifteen-inch trout.  He was accompanied by his grandmother Carolyn Rossignol.  The prize for the longest total length of fish for the five-fish limit went to Elana Barnes, who landed five trout measuring a total of 50 inches.  Her grandfather, Arlington Wiggins, spent the morning fishing with her.

Elizabeth Boyd, the seven year-old daughter of Patrick Boyd from Washburn, was the first derby contestant to land a fish.  She was able to catch a total of four fish during the derby and chose the lifetime fishing license as her prize.

The competition for the youngest successful angler ended in a dead heat.  Katlyn and Madlyn Kinney, four year-old twins of Ryan and Christina Kinney of Fort Fairfield, each caught a fish.

In addition to a lifetime fishing license donated by the Presque Isle Fish and Game Club, two bicycles donated by Tim Hortons in Presque Isle and two bicycles donated by Walmart were awarded to contest winners.  Every young person who registered for the fishing derby won an outdoor activity prize of their choosing.

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