Wallum Lake Rod and Gun Club member Nancy Hopkins-Schmeltz assists some anglers.
BURRILLVILLE â€” The 28th annual Fishing Derby at Wallum Lake Rod and Gun Club took place June 9-10.
Fishing Derby Chairman Norm Fontaine, along with staff and friends from Seven Hills of Rhode Island â€” an affiliate of the Seven Hills Foundation â€” attended the Saturday portion of the event. Members from the WLRGCâ€™s Fishing Derby Committee and volunteer members assisted the 67 participants in demonstrating their fishing skills.
Hamburgers, hotdogs, soft drinks and chips donated by the club were served.
Prizes were won by all participants and souvenir fishing derby T-shirts and hats were distributed. Trophies were awarded for the largest fish caught each of the two days.
During the Sunday portion of the two-day event, 165 children, young adults and their families from surrounding areas took part.
This year, the club gave out over 150 prizes during the two days. Donations received from businesses, members and friends were used to purchase a variety of sporting equipment such as fishing poles, tackle and tackle boxes, bicycles, and games along with craft kits and CD players.
1st Place: Travis Carlton (14 fish caught)
2nd Place: Jalin Carter
3rd Place: Maryanne Cardone (12 fish caught and winner of a trophy last year)
Ages 5 and Under Group representing
the most fish caught for the day:
1st Place: Anthony Grenga
2nd Place: Gabriel Anderson
3rd Place: Spencer Wayland
Ages 6 to 10
1st Place: Sara Greier
2nd Place: J. J. LaPorte
3rd Place: Devon Anderson
Ages 11 to 15
1st place: Sara La Porte
2nd Place: Patrick Oâ€™ Hara
3rd Place: Joline Paquette