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56th Rose Holland Trout Derby

                                                                                                               Photo by Elijah Hamilton
Austin Neman got his name on the lunker board Saturday during the Rose Holland Trout Derby with this 4 lb. 4 oz rainbow caught on a jig.

By Shari Harris
Co-Publisher

  The 2019 Rose Holland Trout Derby had 735 anglers vying for the top fish on Saturday, and another 139 on Sunday this year. Over $14,000 was raised for the American Heart Association with the event.
                                                                                                                                            Photo by Shari Harris
Dr. Dan Hatch of Licking caught the heaviest trout in the derby, winning the Slippery Liz 2 trophy.

  Fourteen lunkers were caught, and Licking’s own Dan Hatch caught the heaviest, an 8 lb. 4 oz. rainbow trout, earning him the Slippery Liz 2 award. Linda Jones of Bismarck caught the heaviest trout by a woman, at 2 lb. 5 oz. Other local fishermen who caught lunkers included Chris Hood of Houston, who caught a 7 lb. 6 oz. rainbow, with Doyle Hood of Licking right behind him with a 7 lb. 5 oz. rainbow. Patrick Potts of Licking was the final local fisherman to bring in a lunker, with a 4 lb. rainbow. Only one brown trout was brought in, a 2-pounder, by Roger Knowles of Bismarck. Sixty-two tagged trout were caught.
  There was a good turnout of children this year, with 32 kids bringing in stringers. Wyatt Martin of Rolla brought in the heaviest stringer at 7 lb. 12 oz. Brogan Hawkins of Advance brought in a 5 lb. 12 oz. stringer. Hailey Lucas of Edgar Springs, had a 5 lb. 6 oz. stringer. There was a tie for fourth heaviest, between Ryker Major of Salem and Tyler Blakely of Washington both with 5 lb. 4 oz. stringers.

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