On Wednesday, September 16, the Loveland Fishing Club
will host its fifth annual Senior Fishing Derby for older anglers. Residents of eight Loveland living centers will be hosted by the club along with those seniors brought in by Chilson Senior Center. This Derby welcomes all seniors over 65 and seniors under 65 who already have their fishing license.
The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Flatiron Reservoir
, the Larimer County Parks and Open Lands reservoir west of Loveland on County Road 18E. About 100 guests are expected for the day of fishing, followed by a cookout. The derby is co-sponsored by the Chilson Senior Center, and Colorado Parks & Recreation is helping ensure a great event with the stocking of catchable-size rainbow trout from the Watson state hatchery at LaPorte.
The Loveland Fishing Club wants to express a very special Thank You to Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources and the City of Loveland for all the help they have given us to make this event possible.
As in year's past, this is one of the club's premier volunteer activities, and all members are encouraged to show up and help. Click on "Read More" below for a list of club members with specific assigned team lead responsibilities:
Overall Chair: Ray Park
Senior facility contacts: Norm Engelbrecht, Keith Gentry, Ray Park
Advertising: Tom Miller, Bill Prater
Registration: Keith Gentry
Photography: Bill Prater, George Kral
Prizes: Arnold and Karol Stroschein
Food: Tom Boesch
Fishing poles and bait: George Kral
Chairs: Jack Welsh
Fish cleaning: Mike Scheber and Lou Colton
Signs: Dennis Kelsey
Fishing guides: Tom Garland
Fireplace: John Grady
On grounds food delivery: Barbara Ding
The club is covering all expenses associated with the event, including poles, bait and tackle. Fishing licenses will also be paid for by the club if requested at least five days before the derby. There will be prizes for the biggest and smallest fish brought in, and a special first and second place prize for “craziest fishing hat.” Prizes will also be given to the oldest male and oldest female at the event. And there will be free drawings for prizes every half hour.
Following are the senior facilities participating in this year’s derby:
Chilson Senior Center
Courtyards of Loveland
Memory Care at Seven Lakes
Mirasol Senior Living Community
Sugar Valley Estates