BEECH MOUNTAIN — Beech Mountain’s Lake Coffey was stocked with hundreds of trout in anticipation of the annual Kiddo Fishing Derby, which took place on Saturday, June 1, a cloudless summer morning perfect for a bit of fishing.

The event was hosted by the mountain town’s Parks and Recreation department.

The Derby has taken place on the first Saturday of June for the last 30 years, and has remained a time for families to bring their youngsters out for a day of fishing, fun and competition atop Beech Mountain.

The yearly derby is open to all, but only those age 12 and younger can compete for trophies awarded at the end of the afternoon.

The event saw dozens of families and friends enjoying each other’s company during one of the first weekends of the summer. A grill tent was set up in the background which sold hot dogs, hamburgers and ice-cold sodas.

The award for Most Fish Caught went to Finley Trivette in the boys division, and Maddi Lindecamp was victorious in the girls division. The award for the Longest Fish Caught went to Clark Burgess in the boys division and Rose Dishman in the girls division. Top honors for Heaviest Fish Award went to Elliot Austin in the boys division, while the girls division winner was Dishman.

The Smallest Fish Award went to Finley Trivette in the boys division, while the girls division winner was Zoey Snyder.

The next annual Kiddo Fishing Derby will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June’s first Saturday in 2020.

To learn more about the event, call the Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department at (828) 387-3003.

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