2017-05-04 / Outdoors

Kids enjoy trout opener in Northport


KIDS WITH FAMILIES lined the Northport Mill Pond Saturday for the Scott Brow Fishing Derby. Many left with recently planted rainbow trout. KIDS WITH FAMILIES lined the Northport Mill Pond Saturday for the Scott Brow Fishing Derby. Many left with recently planted rainbow trout. The trout were only somewhat cooperative, especially compared to the enthusiasm of a larger-than-average group of youngsters who lined the Northport Mill Pond Saturday for the Scott Brow Fishing Derby.

“We didn’t catch any fish, but it was still fun,” offered 12-year-old Devin Glidden of Northport, who was leaving the Mill Pond about 9 a.m.

His sister, 8-year-old Valerie, didn’t mind the lack of action, either.

“We like sleeping in, but you have to get up early to fish. We did have a donut,” Valerie said.

Dave Korson, president of the sponsoring Northport Sportsman’s Club, said clear skies seemed to overcome near-freezing temperatures in the minds of local families as attendance was up over recent years at the derby.


GAVIN BOURQUINN, 5, caught a nice trout at the derby. He is the son of Sarah Bourquinn and the grandson of George and Dorothy Irvin of Northport. GAVIN BOURQUINN, 5, caught a nice trout at the derby. He is the son of Sarah Bourquinn and the grandson of George and Dorothy Irvin of Northport. “We had a great crowd here early,” said Korson, who like most other Sportsman’s Club members recalls coming to the derby as a young child. “I think it was better weather than last year.”

Korson was thankful not only for the turnout, but also for an insurgence of younger members to the club including Pete Baumgardner, Dale Schaub Jr., Cameran Quinn, Shane Dunklow and Justin Maleski.

“Recently our club has gotten a few more young people. It’s nice. Hopefully, we’ll have a few more members of a new generation working and to take these things over,” Korson said.

The Sportsman’s Club had 402 rainbow trout planted in the Mill Pond last week in anticipation of the “Opening Day” for trout season, the last Saturday in April, Included with 400 rainbows that went 10-12 inches were two larger fish of about 15 inches.


SARAH ELWELL, 14, and her father John make their way to the Scott Brow derby, fishing pole in hand. SARAH ELWELL, 14, and her father John make their way to the Scott Brow derby, fishing pole in hand. And a few brook trout native to the pond were taken, Korson added, as they always are.

Fishing on the trout opener — as they have all their lives — were the three children of Joni and Dan Scott: twins Maddison and MacKenzie, who are both six, and 5-year-old Carson.

Although he didn’t catch the biggest fish, Carson does hold a title for the tournament that may last a lifetime.

“His claim to fame is being the youngest to trout fish in the pond,” Dan Scott said. “He was only three days old, and we put a pole in his hand. It will be hard to beat.”

Story and photos
by Alan Campbell

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