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Jeff Garretson - June 6, 2015 8:22 pm

Branston Arnder, age 7 of Salina with his catch. Photos by Olivia Garretson

Children from around the area got hooked on fishing Saturday morning at the annual Lakewood Fishing Derby in Salina.

About 105 kids showed up for a chance to catch a fish and win a number of prizes offered by area sponsors.

Branston Arnder, age 7 of Salina was caught off guard when a Bluegill bit his hook and began to swim away on his line, “I was surprised how fast he was,” he said.

Moments later the fish was flipping on the dock and hoisted up for keepsake picture.


New Twist in 2015 “Fishing With a Cop”
Salina area law enforcement pitched at this year’s event with displays, providing hands-on advice for some young anglers and by sharing stories while displaying watercraft and patrol cars.

Sgt. Brent Rupert with Salina Police told KSAL News at the event that the Police Department came up with the idea over the winter, “Parks and Rec has been doing this for years and we just wanted to join in and help make it bigger and better for the kids,” he said.

Drawings were held for prizes that included fishing poles, kayaks, a gas grill plus a couple of fishing trips to Lake Texoma and Milford Lake.

Throughout the day participants fished with friends, family, and had an opportunity to fish with Salina Police Officers, Saline County Sheriff Deputies, Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers and Officers with the Kansas Wildlife and Parks.

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