Marion County Park and Lake had the annual John Waner Memorial Crappie Derby on Saturday at the heated fishing dock, and this year the fishing derby drew 26 entries.
The derby began at 7 a.m., and it took only a minute for the first catch of the day. Jason Monteque won $50 for catching the first crappie at 7:01 a.m. Monteque also won $100 for catching the most total inches of fish at 160¾ inches.
Tom Masella won a $100 prize for catching the largest crappie at 1 lb., 12 ounces. Blake Stringer won a $50 prize for the smallest fish caught at 7½ inches.
Lake superintendent Steve Hudson said 112 crappie were caught in total during the derby. Contestant Brandon Huntley said lots of crappie were caught early before the sun came up, but after dawn other species such as bluegill started biting more.
The event raised $385 toward the future purchase of new decking for the heated dock. Money for prizes was provided by Cenex, Leith Service, Carlsons’ Grocery, Jim Monteque, and Roberts Detective Agency.