DALTON — Streamside Park was recently stocked with trout, rainbow trout, and other fish so children who came out on May 20 could try their hand at catching them at the 15th annual Dalton Children’s Fishing Derby. This year, the turnout was 73 children — a little less than last year’s 120 children but still decent for a cloudy Sunday afternoon.
Although not a record attendance turnout, a record was broken at this year’s derby. David Leuthe, who was with his uncle Stephen Leuthe, caught a rainbow trout with a measurement of a whopping 25 1/2 inches long. That’s the biggest fish in all of the derby’s 15 years.
The rainbow trout was measured by derby president and official scorekeeper Tom Davis, an avid fisherman who fishes nearly everyday. He enjoys leading this event and measuring the fish brought in by the children.
“If it weren’t for the kids, I wouldn’t be doing it,” Davis said. “It keeps them from being home and looking at a screen for hours. It gets them outdoors.”
Davis attends the fishing derby no matter if it’s a bright, sunny day or a windy, rainy day.
“We’ve had every weather you could imagine,” he said.
Davis also recorded many different lengths of fish such as a 13-inch rainbow trout caught by 13-year-old Moscow resident Michelle Kostik. Her sister Alexandra caught a fish that measured 17 inches in length.
“I like the fishing derby,” she said. “It’s nice.”
Twelve-year-old Jayde Waibel brought her net with a big trout, which Davis recorded at 17 inches.
“It’s really great,” she said of the fishing derby.
“There are a lot of fish,” added her friend Nadia Toth.
Mayor Aaron Holzman, who attended the event for the first time, thanked the many volunteers who contributed to the derby, especially the McGrath family for spearheading it.
“It’s about families spending time together,” Holzman said. “It’s a great opportunity for parents to spend time with their children.”
Holzman gave a young fisherman the Mayor’s Trophy, which is always awarded to the youngest person to catch a fish.
McGrath’s family, which owns McGrath’s Pub & Eatery, purchased three cases of meat for the burgers served under the pavilion from Schiff’s Market. Schiff’s also donated three more cases of burger meat. Slocum’s Market donated hot dogs. Dalton Pharmacy donated doughnuts. The fishing derby committee donated incidentals, including condiments and paper products. Mid Valley Beverage donated soda. Volunteer Amber Sheridan donated five cases of water. New this year, employees of Honesdale National Bank brought a popcorn maker for people to enjoy freshly-made popcorn.