Kids win big at the Hyde Pond Kids Ice Fishing Derby

Kids win big at the Hyde Pond Kids Ice Fishing Derby

Below is a press release and photo from Idaho Fish and Game.

SALMON — More than 60 young anglers came out for the 31st Annual Kids’ Ice Fishing Derby held Jan. 27 at Hyde Pond near Salmon.

The children had a fun-filled morning learning to fish and spending time in beautiful winter weather with family and friends. Hunters traveled from far and wide throughout Lemhi County, southeastern Idaho, and a handful from Utah.

The big fish prizes for the fishing derby are divided into four age categories: 5 and under, 6-8, 9-11, and 12-16. The total big fish caught during the derby was a 4.6 pound rainbow trout caught by Braxton Santos in the 6-8 age group.

The remaining big fish winners by age group are: 5 and under Mason Davis (3.4 lbs), and 9-11 year old Bray Mulkey (3 lbs). This year, we did not have any anglers in the 12-16 age group participating in the competition. All four winners won a rod and reel set, as well as other fishing supplies, donated by Idaho Fish and Game and the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

There were 25 tagged fish swimming in the pond for the kids’ fishing derby. Any child who caught a tagged fish during the fishing derby won a $25 cash prize donated by local businesses, organizations and private citizens.

This year, 4 lucky anglers brought a tagged fish through the ice during the four-hour fishing derby. Along with grand prizes and cash for tagged fish, each child went home with a goodie bag donated by Idaho Fish and Game and the Salmon Challis National Forest.

“The community support for this event continues to be amazing,” said Brett Kelly, a fisheries and hunting biologist who helped coordinate the event. “There were lots of smiles and happy faces today and some even caught their first ever fish, so thank you to all our generous sponsors.”

The derby was sponsored by the Salmon Challis National Forest and Idaho Fish and Game, with additional support provided by the Bureau of Land Management, Lemhi County Road and Bridge and Pep’s Septic. Special thanks to all our generous tag sponsors including Linda and Robert Price, Luke Anderson, Greg and Wendy Shupe, Trout Unlimited-River of No Return, Robert Rose, Chad Filkow and Family, Bev Hardesty and Gold Vikart, Zachary Salada, Stacy Mayer, Ian Mott, and Alex Stacy , Brent Beller, Noah Frost, Patrick Catalano, Highlander Salmon, Hunter Deestad, Jeff Richards, Jessica Buelow, Lizzie Gosi, and Brett Kelly.

We look forward to seeing you this June for the 29th Annual Idaho Salmon Fishing Derby, Idaho Kids Free Fishing Day held at Kid’s Creek Pond. The continued success of these fishing drives depends on generous sponsors, local businesses and a participating community who make the time to take the kids fishing.

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