TRENTON — It was a glorious day on Saturday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pictou County Rivers Association’s annual Fisherama at Steeltown Park.
About 200 adults and children took part in the event throughout the morning under mainly clear and calm conditions.
Rivers association president Alfred White said it was a good day for the event.
“It’s been a good turnout,” he said. “About 200 kids registered. Other years, we’ve had 300. We had awesome weather for it.”
Two smaller ponds at the park were stocked on Friday with speckled trout from the Fraser’s Hill in Fraser’s Hill, Anti. Co. Association members stay overnight to ensure they remain there.
“Willie DeYoung and I stay all night to keep people from sneaking in,” White said. “We didn’t have any trouble.”
Late morning results showed Madalynn Campbell caught the longest trout that measured 43 centimetres. She and her mother took the big fish home immediately to refrigerate before returning to do more fishing.
Two others caught by Ava Anderson and Kallie Cook measured 42 centimetres.
The derby is among several programs that the association offers. It is a free event in that adults are permitted to fish for free and without requiring a licence and bring children with them.
The association offered $5 prizes for youngsters with five tagged fish on Saturday.
The Pictou County Rivers Association is a registered not-for-profit society that is dedicated to the conservation of fish stocks and fish habitat in Pictou County rivers.
Maya Richardson — sun viser and all — was willing to cast a line for trout at the 2018 Fisherama on Saturday in Trenton. (Goodwin photo)
INSET: From left Madalynn Campbell stands by a fishing pole with her mother Tasha MacDonald. Madalynn caught one of the largest trout at the 20th annual Fishermana on Saturday in Trenton at 43 centimetres long. (Goodwin photo)