Glen Elder Youth Fishing Tournament is Back!


The 17th annual Glen Elder Youth Fishing Tournament is back in 2021 after high water forced its cancellation in 2019 and Covid-19 prevented any organized events in 2020. This year’s event will take place on June 5th, 2021 and be organized in a similar format as previous years. Beginning on Monday, April 19th, parents may call the Glen Elder area office (785-545-3345) to register their kids for the tournament. Registrations will continue until 150 slots have been filled. At this point, a waiting list is developed as there are always cancellations and no shows each year.

All youth ages 7 to 14 are eligible to register for this free event. Check-in will begin in front of the Glen Elder park office at 8:00 a.m., and participants will be matched with boat drivers. Fishing will occur on the water until 1:00 when everyone will return to the church for lunch. Following lunch, prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish of each species, total number of fish caught, and the smallest fish. ALL participants will receive plenty of free fishing gear to take home at the conclusion of the event. Also, June 5th and 6th is free fishing weekend, thus no fishing license is required for all Kansas anglers. In addition, June 5th is also free park entrance day at Glen Elder and no vehicle permits will be required to enter the park.

We are looking for many boat drivers who would be willing to volunteer their time for the day and take a boat full of kids out fishing for a few hours. It is always a very rewarding experience for both youth and adults and we hope you will strongly consider helping out. Please call the park office and ask for Scott to sign up as a boat driver.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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