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.
Johnson County 4-H Sports Fishing project hosted a two kids from Natrona county as part of their multi-county fishing derby on Friday at Meadowlark Lake. The derby rotates locations each year to give the kids new places to fish like Meadowlark Lake and Tie Hack Reservoir.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.