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Youth fishing derby on Little Detroit Lake was 'great success'

Despite the cold weather, kids and parents waited patiently beside their fishing holes to see if they could reel in the biggest catch of the derby, and be eligible for some nice prizes from the Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association. (Submitted photo)1 / 3
A young angler receives some ice fishing tips from his parents during the Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association's annual Kids' Fishing Derby, held Feb. 17 on Little Detroit Lake. (Submitted photo)2 / 3
Just under 60 kids and their parents turned up on the ice of Little Detroit Lake Feb. 17 for a Kids' Fishing Derby hosted by the Lakes Area Chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association. (Submitted photo)3 / 3

The Kids' Fishing Derby hosted by the Lakes Area Chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association was a great success, according to organizers.

"Regardless of the cold weather, we had 59 kids show up to enjoy fishing and playing in the snow," said Mike Zick. "Over 30 fish were caught, with the biggest one for the boys being a 7¾-inch sunfish caught by Oliver Zellmer of Detroit Lakes and the biggest sunfish for the girls was also 7¾-inches, caught by Adelyn Clark of Detroit Lakes."

Renn Ortiz of Detroit Lakes and Chloe Harsch of Detroit Lakes were the grand prize winners, taking home brand new bicycles, he added.

"We'd like to thank some of our sponsors," Zick said, "including Quality Bait for donating all the bait used, Zorbaz for donating pizzas for the door prizes, Anderson Septic for the bathroom facilities and the Detroit Lakes Shriners Color Guard for the bicycles offered as first place door prizes and D&S Beverages for the sign."