A fish called (Ka)Blooie: Fermilab Fishing Derby

Last Saturday Fermilab folks of all ages made a splash at the Fermilab Fishing Derby!

The Fishing Derby was held at Swan Lake. The weather was perfect for a fun day sitting by the lake with friends and family. At first, the fish were elusive. However, Christian Wietholt caught the first fish, a 13-inch small mouth bass. His daughter, Annaliese, five years old, later caught a prize winning catfish.

Barry Horn won the prize for biggest catch with a 16-inch bass, and Landon Gohn, age 3, won the prize for smallest catch with an 8-centimeter bluegill!

Christian Ristori, five, won a prize for the best name for our Bluegill mascot: (Ka)Blooie. (Get it? Bluegill … (Ka)Blooie?) Other winners included Luke Soha, age 5, with the largest bluegill (7 inches), Robert Rehak (5.5-inch bluegill) and Jude Piec, age 4 (4-inch bluegill). Honorable mention goes to his brother DJ, who also caught a bluegill, but it escaped before they could enter it into the competition.

Everyone had a lot of fun!

Jessica Jensen is the Fermilab global services outreach coordinator.

  • Barry Horn with his grandaughter Guin Hazelwood and their 16-inch bass. Photo: Kyle Hazelwood
    Barry Horn with his grandaughter Guin Hazelwood and their 16-inch bass. Photo: Kyle Hazelwood