Petrolia Family Fishing Derby a Huge Success
The annual family fishing derby looked different in Petrolia again this year, but that did not stop residents from getting out there and trying their skills at catching a fish in Petrolia’s Little Lake in Bridgeview Park.
The annual fishing derby ran for ten days, (July 1 -11, 2021), and organizers asked anglers to send in their prized catch as a photo with a measuring tape beside it for confirmation. For those that caught anything but a fish, a special “non-fish” category was created to bring even more fun to the event.
We are pleased to announce seven winners this year:
Largest fish: Hunter Kedwell – 31.5-inch, Carp
Most Caught- Jadin Vandenberghe – 54 fish caught.
Smallest Fish – Alex Core ½ inch, Minnow
Non-Fish- Serenity Richards, Freshwater Mussel
Random Participant Draw:
6 & under- Anderson Webster – 8.5-inch, Catfish
7-11 years- Ruby Vandenberghe – 7.5-inch, Catfish
13+ – Brayden Kitchen – 13 fish caught ranging from 6-inch Sunfish to 24-inch Catfish.
Some quick statistics:
- 24 children registered fish.
- 217 fish caught and released.
- 2 turtles
- 1 freshwater mussel
- 1 clump of weeds
Director of Facilities and Community Services, Dave Menzies said, “We have a lot of fun looking at the fish submitted for this event every year. The past two virtual events have been a great way to keep a tradition alive in Petrolia and to encourage families to get out and enjoy fishing together.”
Each of the winners can pick up their prize at the Town of Petrolia Municipal Office. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to The Outdoorsman, CUPE Local 2393 and to the Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club for their sponsorship of the prizes. Thank you to all participants, please visit the Town of Petrolia, Ontario Facebook page to view a complete album of the fish, and non-fish.