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Slow day at the derby

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Lucas Jordahl casts from the boat ramp

Lucas Jordahl casts from the boat ramp during the final hour of the fishing derby on Friday at Meadowlark Lake. Each kid got a unique award based on their work in the program this year and the day’s success. Lucas received the most improved fly caster award.

The Johnson County 4-H sports fishing program hosted their annual end of year fishing derby on Friday, July 2, 2021 at Meadowlark Lake. The kids spent the morning fishing in the lake and the creek above the lake, although fish weren't biting much in Meadowlark. They rotate through different lakes each year to keep it new and interesting for the kids who spend the winter and spring months learning about rods, flies and other practice elements of fishing. 

Jory Pierson balances his kayak as he climbs in on the edge

Jory Pierson balances his kayak as he climbs in on the edge of the lake on Friday at Meadowlark Lake. The Pierson’s brought two kayaks that the kids could try out if they wanted to try fishing off of the shore.

Henry Shoup tries his luck fishing from the edge of the boat ramp

Henry Shoup tries his luck fishing from the edge of the boat ramp on Friday at Meadowlark Lake. Shoup was one of 12 kids from Johnson County to fished as part of the annual fishing derby.

Kason Kukuchka helps adjust the bait

Kason Kukuchka helps adjust the bait for Natrona County fisherman Joseph Dice, 7, during the derby on Friday at Meadowlark Lake. Kukuchka and Zach Freise both stopped fishing toward the end of the morning and helped the Natrona kids with their fishing.

poles, tackle boxes and shoes were dropped off by the 4-H van

As fishing wrapped up for the day, poles, tackle boxes and shoes were dropped off by the 4-H van as kids grabbed lunch to eat on the rocks on Friday at Meadowlark Lake.

the kids were tired of fishing and had settled on cooling off

By the end of the derby, the kids were tired of fishing and had settled on cooling off in the water on Friday at Meadowlark Lake. Some paddled around in kayaks while others played catch with a soda can.

Participants and parents gathered around on the rocks

Participants and parents gathered around on the rocks after the derby to receive awards and finish off lunches on Friday at Meadowlark Lake. The awards were different from previous years with the fish not biting much so awards ranged from tough luck to bets dog brought to most fish caught.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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