Did you go to the Derby? Here's what happened!

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Conservation Officer Mr. Terry Wygant speaking with the derby attendees about the endangered fish in the Lower White River, proper fish handling once a fish is caught, and some of the more pertinent fishing regulations applicable to the Lower White River system. (Pictured; Terry Wygant, Jason Vanden Brink, & Alden Vanden Brink)— at Kenney Reservoir. Photo courtesy of the Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Conservation Officer Mr. Terry Wygant speaking with the derby attendees about the endangered fish in the Lower White River, proper fish handling once a fish is caught, and some of the more pertinent fishing regulations applicable to the Lower White River system. (Pictured; Terry Wygant, Jason Vanden Brink, & Alden Vanden Brink)— at Kenney Reservoir. Photo courtesy of the Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District

Over the sunny, hot weekend of June 2-4 was Colorado's Free Fishing and Camping Weekend.  Our Rio Blanco Water Conservation District capitalizes on this opportunity to encourage adults and kids to get out there and play in the water with the annual Fishing Derby! All over the cliffs, up and down the river, below the dam, along the docks and on boats in the water there were fishing lines everywhere! Kids have an exclusive derby on Day 1 with three categories in three age groups. For a full list of winners click here. 

But we definitely want to call out some of our local youth for their amazing catches! 

In the 6th and under category we have Kylor Henson, longest fish, Hailie Armstrong, longest crappie, Samantha Guzmen with the longest trout, these guys did amazing with their catches!

A limit of Rainbow Trout, pictured here is Ein and Samantha Guzman. Samantha won 1st place in the 6yr and under category. under longest trout. Photo courtesy of the Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District

A limit of Rainbow Trout, pictured here is Ein and Samantha Guzman. Samantha won 1st place in the 6yr and under category. under longest trout. Photo courtesy of the Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District

In the 7-10 age category we have cash Leischer-Fromang with the longest fish, Corbin Nielson took first in longest crappie, Kolbee Files took second. 

Winner of the 7-10yr old Longest Fishing and Overall Longest Fish category. (Pictured Cash Leischer with his 26.5 inch 8.4# carp) Photo courtesy of the Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District

Winner of the 7-10yr old Longest Fishing and Overall Longest Fish category. (Pictured Cash Leischer with his 26.5 inch 8.4# carp) Photo courtesy of the Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District

Lastly in the 11-15 age category it was all about the crappie! Nathan Sherman took 1st, Braxton Hall placed second and Adin Whiston captured 3rd. 

  Winner in multiple categories is Nathan Sherman. Nathan received 1st longest Crappie in the 11 – 15 yr old group, Overall Longest Crappie at 12.25 inches, and also pitched in with Team Shermanators for their 1st Place Heaviest Stringer with a total 2 day weight of 35.9#. — at Kenney Reservoir.

 

Winner in multiple categories is Nathan Sherman. Nathan received 1st longest Crappie in the 11 – 15 yr old group, Overall Longest Crappie at 12.25 inches, and also pitched in with Team Shermanators for their 1st Place Heaviest Stringer with a total 2 day weight of 35.9#. — at Kenney Reservoir.

These kids fish better than I do! We are so happy our youth get out and enjoy the outdoors here in Rangely, and especially at Kenney Reservoir. 

Here are some more photos of the fun that was had!

Great crappie Kellen! Photo courtesy of RBC Water Conservancy District

Great crappie Kellen! Photo courtesy of RBC Water Conservancy District

Team M&M, Miranda, Matt, Nevaeh, Kira Casto Photo Courtesy of RBC Water Conservancy District

Team M&M, Miranda, Matt, Nevaeh, Kira Casto Photo Courtesy of RBC Water Conservancy District

Winner of 2nd Place Heaviest Stringer, Team Fromang Fishing Fantatics with a 2 day weight of 28.2#. Pictured is Roxie & Jacob Fromang with Cash Leischer. 

Winner of 2nd Place Heaviest Stringer, Team Fromang Fishing Fantatics with a 2 day weight of 28.2#. Pictured is Roxie & Jacob Fromang with Cash Leischer. 

For more photos of the event and more about the event be sure to check out Kenney Reservoir's Facebook page here!