Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Water Resources Coordinator
The 9th Annual Auburn Hills Riverday Fishing Derby, held last Saturday morning, conjured up memories of that oldie, but goodie, song Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows. This year’s young anglers – 84 in total – were greeted with bright sunshine, free candy, and 750 hungry Rainbow trout swimming in the river.
The record low water levels in the Clinton River did not seem to put a damper on fishing conditions. This was confirmed with the first fish being caught within 10 seconds of the 8:00 a.m. start time – a positive sign that the fishing was going to be good that day.
This year there was one experienced angler that caught 33 trout, a catch rate that might give Kevin VanDam – Top Angler in the World a run for his money. There were plenty of other participants with record catch rates in the double-digits. All in all, over 100 fish were caught within the two hour time period, which was a record total for the derby.
Everyone who participated walked away with a prize. Those who did not win one of the 19 raffle items were able to select one of the many “seasoned” reels donated by Bass Pro Shops. We wish to thank Bass Pro Shops for their generous donations, River Church for providing refreshments, and Trout Unlimited – Vanguard Chapter for providing the candy and assistance to the fishing enthusiasts.
So, lots of sunshine, 750 hungry Rainbow trout swimming in the Clinton River, and free candy and gifts from generous sponsors helped make this event a really nice experience for the kids. I think these pictures tell the story.