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Kids catch fish, turtles in derby at Edmond's Arcadia Lake

No bass were caught during this year's Kids Fishing Derby held at Arcadia Lake. Almost 100 children tried their luck fishing at the annual derby.
by Diana Baldwin Published: June 5, 2012

— Carp, sunfish, catfish, crappie and turtles were caught by the nearly 100 children who participated in this year's Kids Fishing Derby at Arcadia Lake.

Year after year, turtles are caught by children fishing in the annual derby, held on the first weekend in June when people are allowed to fish without a license.

Nicole Offutt, administrative assistant at the lake, said they may have to change the derby to include a category just for turtle catches.

No bass were caught this year.

A trophy and T-shirt were awarded to the children bringing in the winning fish in categories for catfish, crappie, sunfish and rough fish. The awards were supplied by the Edmond Lions Club.

The largest fish weighed nearly 3 pounds.

“We had a good turnout,” Offutt said. “The weather was good. The water was calm, and that was good for fishing.”

The rain moved out Saturday morning before the derby started.

Children turned out in rubber boats and cowboy boots. Four sisters all wore cowboy boots with their jeans tucked inside.

“They were in a line — tall to shorter,” Offutt said, laughing.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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