Youth anglers compete at Missouri 4-H sportfishing event

  • Published: Tuesday, July 5, 2022

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Almost two dozen youths practiced their angling skills June 25 at the 2022 University of Missouri Extension 4-H Sportfishing State Event.

Twenty-two 4-H’ers gathered at the Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area in hope of catching the most and largest fish, said Maria Calvert, Missouri 4-H state agriculture and natural resources educator. They also tested their knowledge of species and tackle identification, aquatic ecosystems and fish anatomy in the sportfishing skill-a-thon.

As a result of their experiences in 4-H, youths reported they want to learn more about natural resources and see 4-H as a place to gain that knowledge and enjoy natural resource activities, Calvert said. They also said they are able to describe the importance of aquatic ecosystems, identify characteristics of fish species and follow fishing regulations. On a broader level, youths shared they would like to continue their education in a related area, she said.

Junior division (ages 8-10)

Derby winners: first place, Isaac Mabary, Polk County; second place, Colton Reading, Ralls County; and third place, Owen Snyder, St. Charles County.

Skill-a-thon winners: first place, Camden Wake, Boone County; second place, Murphy Owens, Clinton County; and third place, Isaac Mabary, Polk County.

Intermediate division (ages 11-13)

Derby winners: first place, Jacob Weber, St. Charles County; second place, Christopher Boschert, St. Charles County; and third place, Drew Karsten, Lincoln County.

Skill-a-ton winners: first place, Drew Karsten, Lincoln County; second place, Audrey Wolfe, Cooper County; and third place, Christopher Boschert, St. Charles County.

Senior division (ages 14-18)

Derby winners: first place, Frank Hazelrigg, Boone County; second place, Curtis Dickerson, Polk County; and third place, Joseph Zagarri, Franklin County.

Skill-a-thon winners: first place, Frank Hazelrigg, Boone County; second place, Curtis Dickerson, Polk County; and third place, Joseph Zagarri, Franklin County.

Major support for Missouri 4-H Agriculture and Natural Resources programs is provided by the Missouri 4-H Foundation in partnership with Bass Pro Shops, Corteva Agriscience, Crader Distributing Co., FCS Financial, Missouri Association of Meat Processors, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Holstein Association, Eunice Campbell and Robert E. “Bud” Hertzog, D.V.M.

About 4-H

More than 55,000 members strong, Missouri 4-H is an active, dynamic organization of young people who are learning, growing and preparing to be the leaders of today and tomorrow – making a real difference in their community, country and world. 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Missouri and the nation’s Cooperative Extension System.  For more information on Missouri 4-H, visit

Youths identify fish species as part of the 2022 Missouri 4-H Sportfishing State Event.

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