The optimists among the fishing participants at this year’s 13th Dick Brown Fishing Derby said, “The fish really start biting when it rains!” It was a refreshing way to look at what has become an all to familiar scenario this spring, rain playing havoc with an event.
The derby, which began in 1975, got off to a dry start on Saturday morning in the Prophetstown State Park, but rain eventually won the day sending the fishermen home early.
Police Chief Bruce Franks said he had about forty kids register for the event with everyone going home with a prize including several bicycles.
In the 0-6 age group Annabelle Wirsing landed the biggest fish with a 1.9 sucker fish. Sam Jones and Dezi Anderson also managed to hook a fish.
In the 7-10 year old age group Aiden Lanphere had the big fish of the day pulling in a 6.3 pound carp. Others that hauled in a fish included Brevin and Gavin VanDyke, Cameron Linden, and Cadence Bollman.
In the 11-14 group Cullen Shaner landed a 3.5 pound Sheephead.
With a low turnout due to the weather Franks said all the remaining prizes will be donated to Toys For Kids in December.
Franks submitted the following Thank You:
The staff at the Prophetstown Police Department would like to thank the following businesses and people who donated to the Dick Brown Fishing Derby:
Todd’s Tire and Auto, City of Prophetstown, Country Financial-Teresa Bielema, Family Chiropractic, Blooms-A- Latte, Birkey’s, Casey’s, Cragel’s, Richard Maronde Insurance, Farmers Mutual Insurance, Heritage Printing, Aroundptown.com, Frary Lumber & Supply, Prophetstown Echo, Farmers National Bank, Hometown Hardware, Hartig Drug, Henkelman Excavating, Heritage Printing, 1st Gateway Credit Union, IMH Products Incorporated, Prophetstown Main Street, Shaw’s Market, Prophet Gear, Prophetstown Veterinarian Clinic, Prophet Mini-Mart, American Gear, Rock River Lumber and Grain, Royal Neighbors, Ron DeMay Family, Hanford-Schuneman Insurance, Subway, Swanson Trucking and Zaagman’s Super Wash. A very special thank you goes out to all the volunteers who help keep the derby running smoothly. On behalf of the Prophetstown Police Department, we would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to all of you.