In Sept. 30 IssueBy Kim GrahamTimes Journal Reporter
Beautiful autumn weather greeted trout fishing enthusiasts at the 3rd Annual Catch a Smile Senior Fishing Derby at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery.
More than 100 anglers, age 62 and above, came out to try their skills at Hatchery Creek below Wolf Creek Dam.
Anita and Larry Dickerson of Melbourne, Fla. have attended every year since the fishing derby was started.
"The first year we came here, I fell in love with the place," said Anita Dickerson. "We've met so many nice people up here and we usually catch our limit of trout."
Hatchery staff and 25 volunteers teamed up to insure the day flowed effortlessly and folks enjoyed their experience.
"I think Catch a Smile Fishing Derby is great," said hatchery Project Leader James Gray. "We've had good weather, a great turnout, and everyone is catching fish."
Even if their stringers weren't filled, participants in the free event didn't leave empty handed or hungry.
All entrants were treated to a lunch of hamburgers and hotdogs provided by Walmart of Somerset and Walmart of Monticello.
Each person who entered left with a door prize donated by 48 sponsors who contributed items such as gift cards, car washes, oil changes, and dinner at local restaurants.
A fish fry of the day's catch was planned later in the evening at the campground.