PASTURE CANYON, Ariz. - On July 25, the Hopi Rangers under the direction of Roderick Holmes held their Seventh Annual Fishing Derby for Navajo and Hopi youth. Over 80 kids participated however not all them stayed until the end.
All participants were treated to a hamburger lunch courtesy of Holmes, who credits the help from the community who donated prizes and other items. Holmes states that it was another successful event since the weather cooperated and it was a calm sunny day. He said a lot of kids caught fish. Some kept theirs and some released theirs.
Holmes stated that there are four species of fish in the reservoir: bass, bluegill, koi and goldfish. He says that many of the koi and goldfish were released into the water by fish owners or left from carnival goldfish games. He states that both Navajo and Hopi kids participated in the event. Holmes expressed that the community should take advantage of the natural resources available and stated, "Someday it may not be available." He also expressed to the crowd why he helps coordinate the event yearly to give the youths activity to stop from negative influences in the community and for families to get together.
To culminate the event, prizes were given for the biggest fish caught to the smallest fish caught. Prizes ranging from fishing poles, tackle boxes and bags that were donated by the National Guard were awarded. This event is one of the summer's biggest events for the entire family.