Hollabaugh fishing derby

The Wolf River Chapter of Quail Forever/Pheasants Forever will host its annual free youth fishing derby in Hiawatha, Kansas, on Saturday. The event was also held last year to honor Gene and his son Bruce Hollabaugh.

The Wolf River Chapter of Quail Forever/Pheasants Forever will host its sixth annual Gene & Bruce Hollabaugh Memorial Fishing Derby at the Hiawatha City Lake on Saturday.

The chapter was formerly called the Brown County Chapter of Quail Forever.

Richard Tesoriero, youth chairman for the chapter, said the event is being organized with the goal of introducing fishing to young anglers.

“All youth up to the age of 15 can participate in the free event,” Tesoriero said. “There is no fishing license required for those under 16 years old.”

The event is held each year in Hiawatha, Kansas, to honor the memory of longtime anglers Gene Hollabaugh and his son Bruce.

The fishing derby will include a basic fishing class taught by a wildlife official from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. He said wildlife agents will cover different fish species native to Kansas, highlight fishing regulations and demonstrate how to use a rod and reel to catch fish.

Tesoriero said the derby is open to families. Youth participants will need to bring their own fishing pole if possible.

The city lake is a popular fishing area in the community and is stocked with carp, crappie, bass, sunfish, bluegill and catfish.

Tesoriero said the youth can keep the fish if they meet regulation length requirements, and chapter members can aid participants in cleaning their fish.

The chapter will give prizes for the largest fish in each age group and a prize for the largest fish overall. A free lunch will also be provided.

The fishing derby will start at 8:30 a.m. on June 22 at the Hiawatha City Lake.

For more information on the event, contact Tesoriero by phone at 909-204-1588 or by email at rtesoriero317@yahoo.com.