2016 Just for Kids Fishing Derby Winners

Approximately 400 young anglers participated in the 30th annual Just for Kids Fishing Derby at Blackwell Forest Preserve’s Silver Lake on June 12. 

Kids learned about fishing and advanced their skills during this free family-friendly event. Prizes were awarded to winners in four age groups for the largest fish in three categories — largemouth bass, bluegill and miscellaneous — as well as to winners of the casting contest.

2016 Just for Kids Fishing Derby winners

Age  Bluegill Miscellaneous Largemouth bass 
5 & under    Annison ‒ 8.5 inches                  Emma ‒ 9 inches                     Lev Svoboda ‒ 11 inches
6 ‒ 8Angela Everet ‒ 9.75 inches    Miles Agboda ‒ 9.75 inches  Finn Frederick ‒ 15.5 inches
9 ‒ 11Ethan Brandstendt ‒ 7 inchesLandon Giron ‒ 9.5 inchesJoe Thomas ‒ 13.75 inches
12 ‒ 15Liliana Hernandez ‒ 7 inchesMatt Paver ‒ 9 inchesMatt Paver ‒ 21 inches


Matt Paver (left), pictured with his brother, won the Big Lunker award for the biggest catch of the day: a 21-inch largemouth bass. 

Finn Frederick won for the biggest largemouth bass (15.5 inches) in the 6 ‒ 8 year old age category. He is the son of Justin Frederick, head of the East Division.
Ranger Nick Kubis helps a young angler with his catch at the 2016 Just for Kids Fishing Derby at Silver Lake.
Some of the many staff, volunteer helpers who helped make the event a huge success, including Forest Preserve District Commissioner Linda Painter, District 3 (seated, second from right). 
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