Carsyn Brees, a youth angler, also caught a nice 1.64-pound slab that nearly won the big fish award.
A total of 58 fish weighing 66.68 pounds were weighed Saturday at Melvern, with an average weight of 1.14 pounds per fish.
Ryan German and Tony Niemeyer won the previous tournament at El Dorado with a record-breaking bag of 11.75 pounds and a big fish of 1.95 pounds. The record for biggest fish is 2.11 pounds, caught by Manis on Perry.
The KCC/Kansas Crappie Trail State Championship Tournament, which can only be entered through qualifying, will take place Sept. 8-9 at Perry Reservoir. The tournament will have a seven-fish weigh-in with cash prizes and trophies for the top three teams, plus the big fish contest. Organizer Joe Bragg predicted a prize of $3,000 to $3,500 for the top team.
FEW SPOTS REMAIN FOR BOW WORKSHOP
Only five spots remained as of this week for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program, which runs Sept. 14-16 at Rock Springs 4-H Center.
For those who are unable to make it or are too late to register, however, there’s good news. A spring BOW workshop will take place May 3-5, 2019. Once available, registration materials can be found online at www.ksoutdoors.com by clicking “Education,” then “Becoming An Outdoor Woman” or by calling KDWPT at (620) 672-5911.
Volunteer instructors at both events will teach participants a variety of outdoors-related skills, including fishing techniques, wingshooting, camping, orienteering, rifle marksmanship, botany, dog handling and more.
YOUTH OUTDOOR FAIR ON TAP IN OSBORNE COUNTY
Youths will have a chance to learn about shooting, trapping, fishing, canoeing and other outdoors-related activities Sept. 8 during the 2018 Osborne County Pheasants Forever Youth Outdoors Fair.
The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the west end of Osborne’s Main Street near the Shady Bend Golf Course, and participants must be registered by 11 a.m. on the day of the event to be eligible for a free lunch and prizes.
Youths aged 17 and under will be able to participate in a wide array of events, including archery, rifle, pistol, muzzleloader and air rifle marksmanship; shotgun wingshooting; trapping; fishing; biking; fly fishing; bowfishing; canoeing; whittling and basket weaving.
There will be dog-training demonstrations, wild game tasting, a tomahawk throw and mountain man encampment.
Youths 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
A variety of prizes will be given away, including lifetime licenses and hunting and fishing trips. Bonus prizes can be won by catching tagged fish from the ponds.
For more information, contact Cleo Hahn at (785) 346-4541, John Cockerham at (785) 346-6527 or Chris Lecuyer at (785) 218-7818.
BNSF FAMILY FUN DAY SLATED
BNSF will host a Family Fun Day on Sept. 22 at Clinton Lake Camp No. 3, 798 N. 1415 Road in Lawrence.
The event will include a friendly barbecue competition, a crappie-fishing tournament, a raffle, an auction and a BBQ and fish dinner.
BBQ contestants will need to turn in their entries for judging from noon to 2 p.m., and the crappie tournament weigh-in will take place at 2:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., with the raffle drawing and live auction taking place during dinner.
“Bring the family and come hungry,” organizer Dylan Faulconer said. “There will be plenty of food.”
There is a $5 parking fee for parking at a state park, and cash donations are welcomed at the event. All proceeds from the dinner, raffle and auction will go to the Kansas Children’s Service League.
For more info, contact Larry Valentine at (785) 249-8537, Tim Parrish at (816) 820-8022, Dylan Faulconer at (913) 416-3481 or Craig Eastman at (785) 207-3235.