Young fishermen brave flood waters to compete for Pomona Lake fishing titles

Two fishermen discuss the best bait to use for Saturday’s kids fishing competition at Pomona State Park.

Though the day started out cloudy with a few scattered large raindrops, dedicated fishermen of all ages lined the banks at Pomona State Park’s boat ramp No. 2 Saturday for the Friends of Pomona State Park’s annual kids fishing derby.


Trista DeCavale, right, pulled in the largest fish, a 20-inch carp; she was assisted in holding the fish by her brother, Trey.

With the boat ramp underwater because of recent loads of rainfall, fisherkids and their parents were shoulder to shoulder competing to claim the title of largest fish and smallest fish during the two-hour time period.

The Friends recorded 40 competitors, 31 parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and 15 Friends members, who enjoyed the morning fishing competition. Although an impressive turnout of competition lined the shore, this year’s derby ended with only three fish caught due to the flooded conditions.


Brady Kaiser turns in his channel catfish to be measured by Samuel Casey; Brady’s fish was the smallest fish caught.

This year’s kids fishing derby winners were Trista DeCavale, of Melvern, who caught the largest fish, a 20-inch carp; and Brady Kaiser, Spring Hill, who caught a 8 7/8 inch catfish to claim the smallest fish. The third fish turned in, while not a prize winner was an impressive 15 7/8 inch drum, caught by Landon Kaiser, Spring Hill.

Trista and Brady were each awarded a fishing rod and reel and other prizes, followed by a drawing in which all participants won prizes provided by funding from the Kansas Wildscape Foundation. The Friends also presented each participant a T-shirt.

Cary Casey and Shane Anschutz coordinated this year’s fishing derby for the Friends; Doman’s General Store and Lighthouse Bay Marina provided bait.


Anticipation motivated competition at Friends of Pomona State Park’s annual fishing derby.

Photos: Jan Williams and Wayne White.

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