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Carp Derby at MNWR draws a good crowd

Hailey Vinson was a winner in the 3-9 age category. (Submitted photo)

Fifty-four participants tried their luck in this year’s Carp Derby held Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR).

There were 34 carp caught, weighing a total of 213.5 pounds. The biggest fish caught was a 10-pounder.

Winners of the “Most Fish Caught” contest were as follows:

Ages 3-9 — Owen Kaino and Hailey Vinson;

Ages 10-13 — Morgan Lynn;

Adults — Frank Mesa;

Ages 65 and older — Gerhard Gareis.

Along with the fishing derby, there were also other activities for the participants including fish painting, button making, carp bait station, carp tasting, and a birding activity. The activities were run by High Desert Partnership, MNWR volunteers, and Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

An air boat, fish nets, and electrofishing gear and watercraft were also on display.

Randy Parks
Editor Randy was born in Iowa, and spent most of his life growing up in the Hawkeye State. After a few years in college, he settled in Idaho for a decade, skiing, golfing, and working at Sun Valley Resort. He married in 1985, completed broadcast school, and moved to Harney County in 1989 to work for KZZR. After 16 years of on-air work, he left the radio station and went to work for the Burns Times-Herald.

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