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Ellsworth Lions fishing derby winners announced

The top raffle prize was a canoe donated by the family of Sharon T. Hines in her memory. Pictured are some of Hines' family with the canoe, fondly named "The Sharon T." Hines was a long-time supporter of the Ellsworth Lions Club, in which her sister and brother-in-law Chuck and Sharlene Kreye are members.1 / 4
Winners of the smallest fish are third place, Kenzie White, second place, Grace Hallock, and first place, Kennedy Hallock.2 / 4
Winners of the largest sunfish are, left to right, third place, Isaac Anderson, second place, Olivia Miller, and first place, Isaiah Raithke.3 / 4
Winner of the Lions Canoe was Ella Swarbrick, shown with her brothers. Ella is the granddaughter of Steve and Sue Hinck of the Ellsworth Lions Club. Photos submitted 4 / 4

The Ellsworth Lions Club’s Annual Family Fishing Derby was held June 2 at Nugget Lake and was enjoyed by many.

Trophies were handed out at the end of the derby in several categories. The derby is held for children ages 16 and under, and had three categories.

Taking first in the largest sunfish was Isaiah Raethke. First place in the largest crappie went to Makenzie Larson. The winner for the smallest fish was Kennedy Hallock.

Catching fish was not the only excitement for the kids. Each child who fished received a door prize.

Concluding the day was the raffle drawing. The top prize was a canoe donated by family of Sharon T. Hines in her memory. Hines is the sister and sister-in-law to Lion members Sharlene and Chuck Kreye, and a long-time supporter of the Ellsworth Lions Club. The canoe was won by Ella Swarbrick.

Appreciation goes to area businesses for the donations of door prizes. Special appreciation goes to Mike Huppert of Fin Tech for donations of bait for all children fishing.

Next year’s derby will be held on Sunday, June 8. This is Wisconsin’s day of no fishing license required, so mark the calendar now.