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What a catch! Area youngsters enjoy fishing derby at Middletown Reservoir

By Phyllis Zimmerman, Special to the Press & Journal
Posted 4/17/19

Skies cleared and breezes warmed Saturday morning just in time for the 2019 Sportsmen Limited Kids Trout Derby.

The 26th annual event was hosted again this year by Sportsmen Limited of Middletown …

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What a catch! Area youngsters enjoy fishing derby at Middletown Reservoir

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Skies cleared and breezes warmed Saturday morning just in time for the 2019 Sportsmen Limited Kids Trout Derby.

The 26th annual event was hosted again this year by Sportsmen Limited of Middletown at the Middletown Reservoir in Londonderry Township. Although the grounds remained saturated after Friday’s heavy rains, no one really seemed to mind.

“I think it’s a great program. The kids all get fishing poles and the winners get trophies. If they catch a tagged fish, then they win money,” said Coleen Mills, of Lower Swatara Township, whose great-nephew, Truman Doyle, 7, was a participant.

“And the best thing is, there’s no video games,” added husband Vince Mills.

Ed Barb of Sportsmen Limited said 76 young anglers registered this year, a drop from the event’s usual tally of 175 or so. Barb said the lower-than-usual numbers probably were caused by the date of this year’s derby coinciding with the first day of trout season in other areas of Pennsylvania. The first day of trout season here took place on March 31.

Winners of the derby’s ages 2-to-6 category were: first place, Levi Mader; second place, Sophia Farr; third place, Audrina Kohr; and fourth place, Juni Reyes.

Ages 7-to-12 category winners were: first place, Conor Kirsch; second place, Everett Olson; third place, John Snyder; and fourth place, Bailee Thomas.