O’Fallon Township annual fishing derby is a success


Dominic Shafer is pictured with his four-year-old son Roman watching their line and looking for fish.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Terry Chapman)

O’FALLON – O’Fallon Township and the O’Fallon Sportsmen Club held their annual youth fishing derby last Saturday. The event, which is organized by the township Youth Committee, is now in it’s 27th year and had about fifty participants overall.

Jeff Bevirt, sportsmen club member, a part of the youth committee, and organizer of the derby, spoke about the event and some of the rewards.

“People seem to be catching some catfish, bass, and some bluegill,” Bivert said. “The sportsmen’s club is a big co-sponsor in this. They’re helping us a lot. We have attendance prizes, and we award trophies awarded for the most, smallest, and the biggest fish for four different age group categories. Those include five and under, six to eight, nine to eleven, and twelve to fourteen.”

The prizes were provided by the O’Fallon Township Youth Committee.

Overall, there were about fifty participants in the derby.

Last year, the derby was rained out for only the third time in it’s history. Bevirt was happy that this was not the case this year.

“It’s good that it’s on, this year,” Bevirt said. “It’s good weather, good crowd. It’s always disappointing when it gets rained out, but last year it just wasn’t safe to have it. With lightning, and thunder, and heavy rain,you never know what could happen. It’s just not a good combination.”

(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Terry Chapman)

(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Terry Chapman)

(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Terry Chapman)