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Fishing Derby Welcomes Record Number

Mar 6, 2023 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.


Ben Morris, 14, reeled in the Biggest Catch of the Day at the 18th annual MWA Kids Fishing Derby, held March 4, at Javors Lucas Lake.

A record crowd of 467 registered kids and adults participated in the 18th annual Macon Water Authority (MWA) Kids Fishing Derby, held Saturday March 4, at Javors Lucas Lake. Ben Morris, 14, won the Biggest Catch of the Day with his 3.2 lb. bass.

The other Age Group Category winners included:

Ages 3 to 5:
1st place – Amazlynn Braswell, with a 1.5 lb. trout
2nd place – Paul John Dziadul, with a 1.36 lb. trout
3rd place – Broc Williams, with a 1.25 lb. trout

Ages 6 to 9:
1st place – Brian Hightower, with a 1.8 lb. catfish
2nd place – Carlee Dixon, with a 1.56 lb. trout
3rd place – Kate Blizzard, with a 1.54 lb. trout

Ages 10 to 13:
1st place – Tyler Tanner, with a 1.8 lb. catfish
2nd place – William Dennis, with a 1.69 lb. trout
3rd place – Joshua Campbell, with a 1.67 lb. catfish

Ages 14 to 16:
1st place – Ben Morris, with a 3.2 lb. bass
2nd place – Ben Dziadul, with a 1.4 lb. trout
3rd place – Justin Edwards, with a 1.32 lb. trout

In addition to awarding prizes for all the winners, the MWA also provided one year of free fishing at Javors Lucas Lake for Jon Smith, from Gray, Georgia, for winning the grand prize drawing, in addition to $400 in gift cards and six tackle boxes to lucky winners of a raffle held at the conclusion of the awards presentation.

Participants in this year’s MWA Kids Fishing Derby came from Macon-Bibb and 15 other counties all across Middle Georgia, including a family visiting from Oklahoma.

The purpose of the MWA Kids Fishing Derby is to provide an opportunity for outdoor recreation for local families, while promoting the sport of fishing. In addition, the Fishing Derby provides tangible evidence of the importance of protecting and preserving natural resources, including drinking water reservoirs such as Javors Lucas Lake.

The MWA Kids Fishing Derby is an annual event that is organized by the MWA’s Outdoor Recreation Committee through the Authority’s non-profit Macon Water Alliance, which was founded to provide environmental education for citizens of Middle Georgia as well as water resource focused assistance for MWA customers.

Check out photos from this year’s MWA Kids Fishing Derby at the “Learn More” link below.

Media contact: Chris Wood, Ph.D.
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