Butcher, Evers Enjoy "The Derby"

Butcher, Evers Enjoy "The Derby"
Butcher, Evers Enjoy “The Derby”

More than 200 kids enjoyed the fishing action

Butcher, Evers Enjoy The Derby

Three years ago, with the help of a local newspaper reporter, Bassmaster Elite Series pros Terry Butcher and Edwin Evers started an annual kids fishing derby on a pond near Oklahoma’s Lake Oologah. The third annual event, completed on June 4, proved their efforts were well-spent.

“We had 240 kids,” Butcher said. “It was a pretty awesome deal.”

Kids from ages two to 15 are eligible to compete, and they are divided into three age groups for awarding prizes in categories including longest fish, biggest fish and smallest fish. But no one goes home empty handed from the Kid’s Sun, Fun and Fishing Derby.

“The first year we did it, we didn’t have a whole lot of support,” Evers said. “Now we’ve got people coming out of the woodwork.”


Evers is speaking primarily of fishing tackle companies that have begun showering the kids with various kinds of equipment and lures. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been behind this effort from the start. Oologah is a Corps-operated lake located 30 miles north of Tulsa, Okla.


“The Corps has helped us by electro-shocking fish out of the lake to put in the pond,” Evers said. “They put all kinds of fish in there. Last year our biggest fish caught was carp.”


And that’s just fine. The goal is for kids to get interested in fishing, any kind of fishing. Butcher and Evers are well on their way to assuring that the next generation near Lake Oologah is well aware of the sport.

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