Outdoor notebook: Nearly 150 youth anglers participate in Glen Elder fishing tournament

Josh Rouse
Topeka Capital-Journal
Kellen Elam, of Beloit, holds up a 27 1/2-inch walleye he caught June 5 during the Glen Elder Youth Fishing Tournament on Waconda Lake.

Approximately 150 young anglers were on hand June 5 at Waconda Lake for the 15th annual Glen Elder Youth Fishing Tournament.

According to Scott Waters, district fisheries biologist for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, most of the boats were successful in locating fish for the kids to catch on the picturesque day, with light winds, clear skies and temperatures in the 80s. Some of the kids even caught fish that qualify for Kansas Master Angler awards, he said.

The boat drivers reported the best success fishing around old foundations and roadbeds, as well as drifting and trolling the flats on the west end of the lake and near Granite Creek. 

Waters said of the 614 total fish caught, 140 were drums; 153 were walleye, with 22 legal ones; 138 were white bass and 97 were crappie. There were also 37 channel catfish, 35 smallmouth bass, five wipers, three longnose gar, two largemouth bass, two carp and two flathead catfish.

Wake Fincham, of Beloit, won the grand prize of a Lifetime Kansas Fishing License with his 15-inch crappie.

Below is a list of the winners in each of the categories:

Most Fish — Samuel Dana (Beaver Crossing, Neb.), 19

Biggest Walleye — Kellen Elam (Beloit), 27 ½ inches

Biggest Crappie — Wake Fincham (Beloit), and Sophia Gradig (Downs), 15 inches

Biggest Channel Catfish — Daegan DeGraff (Concordia), 27 ½ inches

Biggest White Bass — Zoey Elam (Beloit) and Braxton Carr (Smith Center), 17 inches

Biggest Wiper — Colson Schoen (Downs), 16 ½ inches

Biggest Smallmouth Bass — Oliver Good (Manhattan), 18 inches

Biggest Largemouth Bass — Easton Behymer (Concordia), 20 inches

 Biggest Flathead Catfish — Parker Wilcoxson (Downs), 22 inches

Biggest Drum — Jaxson Prediger (Hays), 30 inches

 Biggest Carp — Shane Strathman (Beloit), 26 inches

Biggest Gar — Georgia Lix (Osborne), 36 inches

Smallest Fish — Gage Gradig (Downs), 6 inches (crappie)

The organizers are planning to host the event again next year on June 4, 2022.