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Fishing derby in Perrysburg draws dozens of children


"I got one! I got one!" Sophia Strzensynski, 7, center right, shouted as she raised up the catch she'd nabbed while fishing with her grandfather Dan, of Perrysburg, left, and brother Willy, 3, center, during this year's fishing derby at Three Meadows Park in Perrysburg.

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Perrysburg children surrounded Three Meadows Pond in Perrysburg Saturday morning trying to catch the biggest fish they possibly could. 

The City of Perrysburg held its annual Fishing Derby which Jon Eckel, director of public services for Perrysburg, helps organize and run. He said they've gotten up to 125 kids to the event.

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The event used to be a trout derby until Mr. Eckel noticed the rainbow trout don't do well with a pond because they need dissolved oxygen in the water. So now the city stocks the pond with different native species, such as long mouth bass, blue gills, and a lot of catfish. 

"It has always been fun and is well supported by the community," Mr. Eckel said. "We like to do this for the citizens, it is a way to get out and spend some time outdoors with families."

There were eight categories for which prizes are awarded, such as rod and reels. Categories include most fish caught, biggest fish, and biggest fish for different kind of fish. Mr. Eckel has this event early in the summer before some sports are in full swing and families leave for vacation.

Contact Matt Thompson at:, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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