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Fishing fun at Silliman Lake

Winners of Sunday's 35th annual Children's Memorial Tournament at Silliman Lake.

Kids between the ages of 5 and 16 gathered at Silliman Lake near Chenoa Sunday for a fun afternoon of fishing, food and prizes during the 35th annual Children’s Memorial Fishing Derby from the Livingston Anglers.

“Weather-wise, it’s not bad,” admitted tournament director Ed Straw. “It could be a little cooler but at least we have a breeze.”

Almost 60 kids participated, although the numbers have dwindled since the group’s 10th anniversary, according to Straw.

“I’ve been doing it for 34 years. It’s a lot of work but it’s fun.”

Parents help their children fish and the organizers feed them hot dogs, chips, water and cookies. They went through 80 hot dogs this year and three cases of water. Last year, only two kids were in the 14-15 age division and this year they had six.

Several giveaways were featured – including bikes, basketballs, footballs and basketballs.

In the 5-8 year old category, Aubree Ruppe of Pontiac received first place with 10 fish for a total weight of 1.78. For the 9-12 category, Kyle Burger of Chenoa took first with 14 fish at 1.12 total weight. In the 13-16 division, Bethany Burton of Chenoa was the winner with six fish at .66 weight.

A derby participant checks a fishing line Sunday afternoon at Silliman.

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