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Fishing derby draws a crowd to Lake Sakakawea

By Tilden Bird
MHA Times

The ninth annual Family Fishing Derby, hosted by the Three Affiliated Tribes Game and Fish Department, was held in Four Bears Park on June 29. The derby had several age categories for participants to enter.

Antoine Smith, TAT Game and Fish Director, and staff registered adults and children for the fishing derby. The Game and Fish Department also set up bait and tackle stations all around the peninsula of Four Bears Park. Those attending the derby, primarily children, could come to the station for assistance with attaching hooks, adding weights, or obtaining minnows, crawlers, and leeches.

“It’s for families. The prizes are only for the youth but the adults, if they do fish with their kids, they can donate their fish to a kid,” said Smith.

The fishing derby was well-attended and enjoyed. Approximately one hundred tribal employees took time from work to enjoy the derby. More than three hundred people eighteen and younger also joined in.

“This is awesome. We’ve been coming here the last four or five years and we love every day,” stated Fahtima Hood. “It’s so fun and the kids enjoy it, especially if they can catch a fish.”

“This is our ninth annual, so it’s pretty exciting for us at Game and Fish. A lot of work goes into it. This year we got a lot of help from various sponsors,” said Smith. “We couldn’t have done it without all of our sponsors.”

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