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Westport opens youth fishing derby season

Sophia Whalen opened the Westport Fish and Game Club Fishing Derby with the first catch of the day. Sophia was one of 50 children who attended the annual derby, held on the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend. Several other youth fishing tournaments will be held in the coming weeks.

Sophia Whalen opened the Westport Fish and Game Club Fishing Derby with the first catch of the day. Sophia was one of 50 children who attended the annual derby, held on the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend. Several other youth fishing tournaments will be held in the coming weeks. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Fifty children from the Westport area made their way to the Fish and Game Club off Mountain Spring Road May 12 to take part in the first of several youth fishing derbies in the region.

Along with Westport, fishing events for youth will be held throughout the North Country, including Elizabethtown, Willsboro and Moriah, among others.

In Westport, several kids received awards in the event, including:

3-6 year olds

Sophia Whalen (first fish), Nathan Smith (most), David Austin (largest 16-1/4-inches) and Bella Vargo (sportsmen).

7-10 year olds

Maggie Ploufe (first fish), Spencer Whalen (most fish), Lawrence Lobdell (largest 15-inches) and Lauren Gough (sportsmen).

11-15 year olds

Rachel Bennett (first fish), Bailey Noel (most fish), Faith Bona (largest fish at 17-inches - largest of the day) and Chris Mazzacone (sportsmen).

Willsboro derby this Saturday

The Willsboro Fish and Game Club will be holding the Mary Ryan Memorial Fishing derby on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The fishing derby is open to youth ages 3 to 15 years. There will be prizes and trophies and refreshments. Pre-registration starts at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Jim Hotaling at 963-7430.

Roe Pond derby

The annual Roe Pond Invitational children’s fishing tournament will be held on Saturday, May 26 from 8 to 10 a.m. There will be prizes for every angler. Age limit is 15 years old. It is sponsored by the Town of Moriah Youth Commission.

Roe Pond will be closed to all fishermen May 23 through the tournament. For more information call Brian Venne at 546-7704.

Elizabethtown Derby next week

The Town of Elizabethtown will sponsor a trout fishing derby at Beaver Dam for children of the Elizabethtown-Lewis School District on Memorial Day, May 28, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Elizabethtown, Lewis and New Russia children age 15 and under are eligible for cash prizes in several age groups. Participants will have to register on the morning of the event at the grandstand. Fishing will be permitted inside a designated area only. Each child must have their own equipment and a parent/guardian or friend to supervise.

For more information, call 873-6555 weekdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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