MONROE, CT — The 17th annual Kids’ Fishing Derby kicked off at Great Hollow Lake Saturday morning, following a year of its absence. Fishing lasted three hours in overcast weather. Starting at six and ending at nine a.m, children came with tackle boxes, fishing poles and a hope to catch the biggest fish in their age category.
“We try to find any event we can put on to engage and unify the community,” said Sgt. Pete Howard, who started the annual derby with Capt. Keith White. The derby is jointly organized by the Monroe police union and Monroe Police Department.
Prizes were awarded for the biggest fish caught in age groups 5 and younger, 6 and 7, 8 and 9, 10 and 11, and 12 through 15.