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72 turn out for Saturday’s Free Fishing Day

Khloe Burch, 7,  of Grangeville, is a little hesitant to take hold of her lively rainbow trout catch from dad, Mike, at last Saturday’s Free Fishing Day event at Wilkins Pond.

Photo by David Rauzi
Khloe Burch, 7, of Grangeville, is a little hesitant to take hold of her lively rainbow trout catch from dad, Mike, at last Saturday’s Free Fishing Day event at Wilkins Pond.



— Last Saturday, June 9, was the 30th annual Free Fishing Day event at Wilkins Pond, located on Lake Road south of Grangeville. This year, 72 participants – including 42 kids – participated.

The first fish of the day was a bass caught by McKenzie Holman.

In the 8 and younger age group, the smallest fish (5.5 inches) was caught by Owen Wolfing. The biggest fish of the day (13.75 inches) was caught by Gracen Branson, and Timo Maki was close behind, catching the second–largest fish (13.5 inches). Aaron Maniford won the casting contest.

In the 9 to 12 age group, the smallest fish (10.5 inches) was caught by Ben Faries, and the biggest fish (14 inches) was caught by Rayden Nuxoll. Biggs Rambo caught the second–largest fish at 13.5 inches. Austin Rogers won the casting contest for this age group.

The event was sponsored by the Salmon River Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Cottonwood Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management, and the Grangeville Lions Club.

Organizers thanked Jeff and Carla Wilkins for use of their pond again this year; and also the Grangeville Lions Club, Rae Brothers Sporting Goods, Asker’s Harvest Foods, Grangeville Centennial Library, and Crema Café for the funding and prizes for the event.



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