It was a beautiful Saturday morning in the Quad Cities! The perfect weather for a Youth Fishing Challenge!

Moline Parks and Recreation Department held their highly anticipated Youth Fishing Challenge today, Saturday Jun 8, at the Riverside Lagoon in Riverside Park (3300 5th Avenue Moline). Moline residents ages 5-12 and their families came together for some friendly competition with their fishing poles and tackle boxes!

Participants were allowed to fish from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Prizes were awarded for Biggest Catch, Most Fish Caught and Farthest Cast for ages 5-8 and 9-12. Moline Parks and Recreation Department employees Emily and Stacy stayed busy counting, measuring and recording all fish caught.


Here are the 2019 Youth Fishing Challenge winners:

Age Group 5-8

Biggest Catch:                 Chuck Brown

Most Fish Caught:           Carter Stone

Longest Cast:                   Hudson Abel


Age Group 9-12

Biggest Catch:                  Tanner Friend

Most Fish Caught:           Carsten Hansen

Longest Cast:                   Tanner Friend


Winners received brand-new fishing poles and tackle boxes! But everyone who participated was a winner today, with those beautiful skies and nibbling fish.

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Check out some of these fun-filled family moments!

Biggest Fish Caught (age group 5-8) Winner: Chuck Brown

Most Fish Caught (age group 9-12) Winner: Carsten Hansen

Longest Cast (age group 9-12) Winner: Tanner Friend

Biggest Fish Caught (age group 9-12) Winner: Tanner Friend







Longest Cast (age group 5-8) Winner: Hudson Abel



Tess Abney was born and raised in the Quad Cities. Her passion for writing and entertainment was apparent at a very young age. Whether it is sharing local events and businesses with readers or sharing her thoughts on life, she finds comfort in the way words can bring people together.