Kellen Elam, of Beloit, caught the most fish with 36. The biggest walleye was a 25 1/4-inch brute caught by Kristin Roth, of Garden City, and the biggest fish caught was a 48-inch gar caught by Wyatt Brockelman, of Beloit.
Five anglers tied for the biggest channel catfish award at 24 inches — Beloit’s Evan Blue, Osborne’s Lexi Goheen, Jewell’s Ayden Loomis and Concordia residents Preslee and Brody Marsh. The biggest smallmouth bass was caught by Ethan Strom, of Omaha, Neb., at 16 1/2 inches, and the largest drum measured 22 inches and was caught by Lebanon’s Johnny Schlatter.
Dalton Virden, of Glen Elder, posted the largest crappie at 13 inches. Beloit’s Kayden Trimble measured the largest white bass at 17 inches, and the biggest wiper was 21 inches by Hunter Meyer, of Ayr, Neb.
Jaxon Prediger, of Hays, caught the largest bluegill at 6 3/4 inches, while the smallest fish award went to Katelyn Binder, of Beloit, who caught a 4-inch crappie.
More than 70 sponsors donated nearly $3,000 in prizes for the event, and each angler brought home a new fishing pole, T-shirt, goodie bag of tackle and gift certificates and other prizes.
Scott Waters, of the KDWPT, said the agency plans to host the event again next summer on June 1 for youths interested in attending the Waconda Lake fishing festivities.