Family fishing derby raises funds for Killarney aeration project

FINE DAY FOR FAMILY FISHING – Four-year-old Aria Stephenson, her sister Hadley (10), and brother Dane (7) enjoy a little family fishing on Sunday at the Shamrock Family Fishing Derby, which raised over $2,000 for the Killarney Lake Aeration Project. There were 51 kids registered in the derby and 174 participants in total. The next fundraiser for the Killarney Lake Action Committee (KLAC) aeration project is the Beer Tasting Night at the Blarney Stone on Thursday, March 29. Keep watching The Guide for more on the upcoming evening and on the project itself, and also follow KLAC on Facebook at Future of Killarney Lake (Manitoba). Read on to see the winners of the Killarney Lake derby, and visit the Shamrock Family Fishing Derby Facebook page for even more.

Shamrock Family Fishing Derby winners:

LONGEST FISH – Killarney’s Mitch Pride was proud of his pike, measuring 29 inches, which was good enough for first place in the Shamrock Family Fishing Derby on Sunday. Pride picked up the top prize of an ice auger for bringing in the longest fish at the first annual derby.


YOUTH WALLEYE WINNER – Eleven-year-old Landon Lockhart sits back with a cold one at his fishing hole, after catching a 13.25-inch walleye at the Killarney Family Fishing Derby on Sunday. Lockhart’s walleye proved to be the winner in the youth category, while Dawson Andries’ 25.5-inch pike also won in the youth category.


SECOND PLACE PIKE – Jack Garabed (left) of Killarney caught this 25.5-inch pike, held by derby organizer Dustin Flanagan, to take second place in the pike category.


FIRST PLACE WALLEYE – Mitch Pride also took first place in the walleye category with this 19.5-incher. Pride donated his walleye winnings back to the KLAC.


SECOND PLACE WALLEYE – Jayrn Orr of Killarney (right) caught a 13 5/8-inch walleye, which was good for second place in the walleye category.


PERCH WINNER – Ed Rozander (right) of Killarney caught the only perch – a 10.5-incher. Rozander donated his perch prize money back to the KLAC.


MOST UNIQUE – Dan Rozander of Killarney holds up a 25-inch carp, which won “Most Unique Fish” on Sunday.


YOUTH WINNERS – Dustin Flanagan (left) and KLAC chair Rick Korman (right) flank youth winners Landon Lockhart (13.25-inch walleye) and Dawson Andries (25.5-inch pike).


“HOLE” LOT OF FUN – Derby organizer Dustin Flanagan (left) drills holes while participants scoop them out and get them ready for their rods. Dustin and his wife Holly were very happy with the turnout at the first Shamrock Family Fishing Derby on Killarney Lake, and hope for an even bigger and better event when they host it again next year. More fun fishing derby photos follow.

Visit Shamrock Family Fishing Derby on Facebook for more from the derby.