It was a throwback derby for children ages 7-12 during last Friday's Kids Fishing Derby at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.

It was a throwback derby for children ages 7-12 during last Friday's Kids Fishing Derby at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.
Instead of fishing from banks of the pond, the kids fished from the banks of the branch that feeds water to the ponds.
"This is awesome, I am really excited to be here," said Tyler Murphy, 8. "I like fishing, but my little sister doesn't."
Tyler started fishing at the 9 a.m. session and within a few minutes caught two of his four allotted fish.
"I like fishing because it is fun, I save a lot of energy so I can play more," he said.
After he got done fishing, volunteers would clean the fish and send the fish home with the children.
Asked what he would do with the fish, Tyler said, "well, you know, eat them. maybe give my sister some fish sticks.
Tyler's mom and dad, Cathryn and Andrew Murphy, where at his side as Tyler caught the fish.
"He loves wildlife and he plans on taking care of wildlife," said Cathryn. "We just go out whenever, to relax and get out of the house and away from everything."
Down the way, Laney Philliber, 10, was baiting her hook with a piece of corn and a worm.
"I usually come out her every year and have fun," Laney said. "I like to fish because I get to spend time with my dad (Shane Philliber), have fun and still catch some fish."
Asked if she had ever got a fish and it went off the line before she could reel it it, Laney said yes.
"It makes me kind of mad," she said.
Even though Shane could not fish with his daughter, when he heard that she enjoys being with him fishing, he said, "I am very pleased. I think that this (kids fishing derby) is great, as far as a community event and a family event. To be able to come out here and spend some time with your family. To be able to have fun... I wish that you could see more events like this in the community, just more involvement."