By Karolyn Gephart
Winners have been announced from the Youth Fishing Derby event held May 18 in Centennial Park.
With over 600 catfish stocked into the Centennial Park pong, participants totaled more than 300 anxious to catch the largest fish, the smallest fish or the most fish to win a trophy.
In the category of 6 years and younger, Ariabella Smith took first place with a fish 18 ¼ inches. Eliana Stainke was in second place with 17 ½ inches and Haley Waldorff won third with 16 ¼ inches.
For the 7-11 category, Caden Cuspiz won first with a fish 18 inches, Adriano Bufo won second with 17 ½ inches and Andrew Jennings received third with 17 ½ inches.
Zach Dacy won first place for 12 to 16 years with 18 ¼ inches. Mabry Venables with 17 inches received second and Jacob Kratz won with 16 ¾ inches.
Eli Quinn caught the smallest fish and received a trophy for a fish 3 ½ inches.
Eliana Steinke caught five fish and received a trophy for the most fish caught.
“The Youth Fishing Derby had a great turn out today,” Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation Michael Boyett said. Thank you to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens, featured on the TV show Lone Star Law. A special Thanks to our Event Sponsor Operation-Redemption.