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To catch a fish and a prize

The Crook County Parks and Recreation District is gearing up to offer a fun-filled fishing derby tomorrow morning

by: Kate Wennerstrom/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Anglers braved the chilly air last year for a chance to compete in the annual fishing derby. Thanks to generous local sponsors, prizes were given out in multiple categories. Contestants won everything fish-related, from fishing poles to stocked tackle boxes.

Get your rods and reels ready folks, because it's that time of year again. Crook County Parks and Recreation District is putting on the 10th annual trout fishing derby at Ochoco Reservoir this Saturday.
   The fun-filled event begins at 7 a.m., with check-in for anglers at the day-use area. The actual derby begins promptly at 7:15. Coffee, tea and donuts will be provided all day for the fishermen and women.
   Cost for participants who register the day of the event will be $7 in-district and $10 out-of-district.
   Age groups for the event are 0-7, 8-15, and 16 and up, and there is no age limit for anglers. There are also a multitude of prize categories for those that catch the fish of a lifetime.
   Prizes will be awarded to the first fisherman to check in with the limit of five trout and the longest single trout. Prizes will also go to those who catch the heaviest trout and the heaviest total weight at the five-fish limit.
   Joey Williams of Crook County Parks and Recreation District said that although anglers will be catching primarily trout, two prizes also exist in the non-trout category: largest non-trout by weight and longest single non-trout. These include catfish and crappie.
   Although she wouldn't divulge what the prizes are for this year's competition, Williams hinted that there are some good ones.
   "We have a lot of really great prizes this year from donations," she said. "Joe's was a huge factor, as well as Bi-Mart and Wal-Mart."
   At the end of the day, anglers have to be in line with their fish for weigh-in at 11:15 a.m., sharp.