Area law enforcement agencies teamed up Sept. 27 to give kids a chance to fish and maybe win a trophy or raffle prize.
The Fremont Police Department, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department and state Department of Natural Resources sponsored the 29th annual Fremont Area Law Enforcement Children’s Fishing Tournament at Wolf River Crossings Park.
Ninety-six anglers ages 3-13 years old participated and caught 67 fish, according to Jeff Knorr, a Fremont-based DNR conservation warden who helps plan the event each year.
“The event is funded by private donations and a raffle ticket sale,” he said. “After fishing for a couple hours, the kids and their chaperones enjoyed a snack thanks to Fremont Subway. After the 12 trophies were awarded to lucky participants, the kids take part in a prize raffle that includes gift cards, fishing equipment, electronics and a grand prize of a 55-inch LED TV.”
First- through third-place trophy winners in the three classes are:
Class A (ages 10-13): Justin Lenz, Cole Patrick Johnson, Alexis Doege.
Class B (ages 7-9): Jayden Niemuth, Mara Raddatz, Daesha Bartel.
Class C (ages 3-6): Aubrey Raddatz, Eliza Nollenberg, Makana Wohlt.
Biggest fish: Eliza Nollenberg (18-inch northern pike).
Most fish: Justin Lenz (six).
Youngest fisherman: Eli Ferg (age 3).
Grand prize raffle winner: Abby Bartel, Fremont.
“A special thank you goes out to all those that sold and bought raffle tickets and special donors Faye Wilson, Waupaca Foundry and the Waupaca County chapter of Whitetails Unlimited,” Knorr said.