By Christine Mullis
Another generation takes to the Lake at the 31st Annual Dodge County Kids Fishing Rodeo held at the Dodge County Public Fishing Area.
Saturday, June 07, 2014, started out overcast, but that didn’t dampen the spirit of the 174 registered children who came to out-fish and out-cast their brothers, sisters, friends and neighbors.
This year the rodeo saw some rule changes that included all of the children being able to fish at the same time the entire rodeo duration of 8:30-11:30. Fishing from the piers and shore was also allowed, as well as all types of fish being permitted to be caught, not just catfish.
Another difference this year was our award system. Only the winner of each age group was acknowledged, as opposed to prior years, where we awarded first, second and third of each group. This year, in the 11-15 group, Vincent Mann, 14, received a medal, a rod with reel and a tackle box for bringing in a bass that weighed 685 grams. For the 7-10 group, 8-year old Jakyla Nicely received a medal, fishing rod and a tackle box for the 484 gram catfish she presented at the weigh-in station. Taking home a trophy for the Largest Fish Overall, and a medal for winning his age group, was 5-year old Maddox Mullis. He presented a bass weighing in at a whopping 840 grams. He, too, received a fishing rod and a tackle box for his efforts. Congratulations to the winners!
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