Youth Fishing Derby
Youth hold up a fish they caught during the Youth Fishing Derby on April 27 at Del Venturi Reservoir. (Courtesy of Fort Hunter Liggett)

JOLON — More than 150 children ages 2-15 registered in Fort Hunter Liggett’s (FHL) 22nd annual Youth Fishing Derby last Saturday at the Del Venturi Reservoir.

An estimated 300 to 400 people participated in the April 27 event, with families traveling from across the state to attend due to its popularity. 

“FHL appreciates the continued support of sponsors and volunteers that make this annual event a success,” according to the Army installation, located near Jolon in South Monterey County.

Fifteen-year-old Mason Knudst won first place for his age category and the overall derby with a 21.5-inch rainbow trout.

There was a tie for the 0-6 years old category, with Bella Rodriguez and Easton Edwards catching a 17.5-inch fish. Madeline Rodriguez placed first with a 20.25-inch catch for the 7-11 years old category.

The Fishing Derby is FHL’s culminating event celebrating the Month of Military Child. The FHL Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) hosted several events during April to celebrate children and engage with their families.

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