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2017 Just for Kids Fishing Derby Winners

Approximately 327 young anglers participated in the 31st annual Just for Kids Fishing Derby at Blackwell Forest Preserve’s Silver Lake on June 11. 

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.

The Big Lunker Award goes to Nikita Sidoryk, who landed a 24.5-inch northern pike. The catch also gave her the win in the miscellaneous category and in the largemouth bass category for her age group for catching a 15-inch bass, making her a Triple Crown winner. Sidoryk had previously won the Big Lunker category some years ago in the 6 ‒ 8 age group category. 

2017 Just for Kids Fishing Derby winners 

Age category     Bluegill       Miscellaneous   Largemouth bass 
5 & under Sean Arcuri ‒ 6.5 inches Michael Arena ‒ 10-inch catfishVivian Alexandra ‒ 12 inches
6 ‒ 8 years old Finn Frederick ‒ 7.75 inchesChristian Villa ‒ 9-inch walleyeTyson Rich ‒ 15 inches
9 ‒ 11 years old Barret Busche ‒ 9 inchesLandon Giron ‒ 8.25-inch crappieBilly Nowak ‒ 13 inches
12 ‒ 15 years old    Ishan Sadhukhan ‒ 8.375 inches   Nikita Sidoryk ‒ 24.5-inch northern pike  Nikita Sidoryk ‒ 15 inches
 

Nikita Sidoryk won the Big Lunker Award for catching a 24.5-inch northern pike.

Nikita Sidoryk also won in her age category for catching a 15-inch largemouth bass. 
Barret Busche won in his age category for a 9-inch bluegill, and his cousin Vivian Alexandra won in her age category for a 12-inch largemouth bass.
Christian Villa won in his age category for a 9-inch walleye.
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