BALDWIN – Approximately 300 youngsters were able to overcome the rains for another successful kids fishing derby on Friday and Saturday during the Baldwin Troutarama celebration.

The event was at the Baldwin Fish Hatchery and sponsored by the Baldwin Rotary Club.

“We’ve been doing it for many years,” rotary member Harold Nichols said. “This year we had a little bad weather but a good turnout. We had right around 500 fish and 150 kids (each of the two days). (Despite) the weather, it was a good year.”

Nichols said event organizers stocked the pond with 10-inch rainbow trout.

“Friday, we were three-a-day,” Nichols said. “(Saturday) we got a littte behind and were doing two-a-day, per kid.”

Nichols said he has been doing the derby for 11 years.

“The gentleman I took over for had been doing it about 30 with the rotary club prior to that,” Nichols said. “It’s a nice event. Everything is free for the kids. A lot of kids catch their first trout right here in Baldwin.”

The rotary club provides the poles, corn for bait and everything else necessary for having the derby.