It's that time again, kids. Fishing season will be underway shortly, and one of the most impressive events in the area for young fishing kids is coming again to Izaak Walton Lake, just northwest of Coello.
For the 25th year, the annual Christopher Area Youth Fishing Derby will host youngsters who are determined to catch some fish in a friendly, fun competition. The date is Saturday, May 12.
To support the Fishing Derby financially, there will be a barbecue feed happening Saturday, April 21 at the Columbian Club on North State Street from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Whole sides of ribs will be $19 and pulled pork $8 per pound by pre-order. Dinners for eat-in or carry out with sides also will be available for $8, all cooked by prize-winning outdoor chef Denny Franklin of Swine'os Barbecue Team.
Winners in three classes will be recognized with awards for heaviest stringers and a prestigious biggest fish prize. There is also a Del Rea Memorial Sportsmanship Award for a youngster showing unselfish qualities of good citizenship during the derby.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. followed by a few outdoor demonstrations, and then it's on to fishing.
Anglers 15 and younger can bring their own gear or lures, although bait and equipment are provided for anyone who needs them.