Thanks to All who Celebrated the 70th Annual Riverton Fishing Derby!

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

6 AM to 10 AM in Riverton, CT


This year’s Riverton Fishing Derby celebrated the 70th Annual Fishing Derby, held on Saturday, April 13th on the West branch of the Farmington River (Sponsored by the Barkhamsted Historical Society )– beginning with the traditional hearty pancake breakfast at 4 a.m. at the Riverton Fire Department and then punctuated by the Riverton Fishing Derby at 6:00 AM. and then awarded a bevy of outstanding prizes when the derby ended at 10:00 AM.

This historic fishing derby has been running since 1949 with generations of families enjoying this tradition year after year. To be able to sustain this derby into the future the ability to engage our young fisherman and fisherwomen is key. With that, the town of Riverton with help from The Trophy Trout Club took a special interest in improving the kid’s derby sections as well as the derby as a whole. Special thanks to Tony Fillie, for coordinating the donations & organizing the kid’s derby logistics!

Last year a second section of the river was secured for kids only. The addition of the area owned and generously donated by Gil Dube now allowed for kids ten and under to enjoy the derby in a safer location. The ten and under section was held at Zak’s Pool just upstream from the Town Bridge. This is in addition to the 16 and under section just under the Town Bridge. The Trophy Trout Club had members at the 10 and under section helping the families that attend. This year The Riverton General Store donated bait for the 10 and under section to assist the kids attending in catching those wily trout. Also, new this year there was a special 10 and under awards ceremony held at 9:00 AM on the river at Zak’s Pool.

Having two secure areas as “kids only” is the first step in setting up a fishing derby that both children and adults can enjoy. The second step is to enhance the ability of everyone attending to actually catch some amazing trout. With that goal in mind, The Trophy Trout Club wanted to thank the sponsors including CT. Horse Cremation, Supreme Industries, Inc., The Farmington River Anglers Association FRAA, HK Dairy Barn, friends of the fishing derby, and a number of other valued sponsors. Thanks to these generous companies and individuals to again raise enough funds to match last year when we stocked the most trout that has ever been stocked for the derby to date.

On behalf of the Town of Riverton, the Barkhamsted Historical Society, and the Trophy Trout Club thanks all the families and individuals that came out to enjoy a fabulous day outdoors celebrating one of Connecticut’s greatest fishing traditions.

 

Adult Fishing Derby Results & Prizes

2019 Riverton Fishing Derby - Grand Prize - Gino Musumano
  • GRAND PRIZE

    Gino Musumano | Rainbow Trout, 8lbs 5oz. 24″ long

    Hand-crafted Hitchcock rocking chair and $75 certificate towards replica mount. Donated by Riverton Merchants, the Trophy Trout Club, Hitchcock Chair.

2019 Riverton Fishing Derby - 1st Place - Steve Cherboniak
  • 1ST PLACE

    Steve Cherboniak | Rainbow Trout, 8lbs 24″ long

    Half-day guided tour of the Farmington River. Donated by Orvis.

2019 Riverton Fishing Derby - 2nd Place - Yarmouth Mclellan
  • 2ND PLACE

    Yarmouth Mclellan | Rainbow Trout, 7lbs 8oz 23″ long

    Combo rod, fishing net, and tackle bag. Donated by Friends of the Derby.

2019 Riverton Fishing Derby - 3rd Place - Peter Sebben
  • 3RD PLACE

    Peter Sebben | Rainbow Trout, 7lbs 7oz 24″ long

    Combo rod and tackle bag. Donated by Friends of the Derby.

2019 Riverton Fishing Derby - 4th Place - John Bell Antuono
  • 4TH PLACE

    John Bell Antuono | Rainbow Trout, 7lbs 5oz 221/2” long

    Fishing net and tackle bag. Donated by Friends of the Derby.

2019 Riverton Fishing Derby - 5th Place - Kylie Foryan
  • 5TH PLACE

    Kylie Foryan | Rainbow Trout, 6lbs 6oz 213/4” long

    Four tickets and four shirts to the Still River Music Festival. Donated by the Still River Music Festival.

2019 Riverton Fishing Derby - 6th Place - John Machowski Jr.
  • 6TH PLACE

    John Machowski Jr. | Rainbow Trout, 6lbs 3oz 24″ long

    Combo rod and tackle bag. Donated by Upcountry.

2019 Riverton Fishing Derby - 7th Place - Remy Misani Jr.
  • 7TH PLACE

    Remy Misani Jr. | Rainbow Trout, 5lbs 12oz 223/4” long

    Tea gift basket and $50 gift certificate to the Riverton Inn. Donated in memory of Scotty Allen by the Riverton Inn.

2019 Riverton Fishing Derby - 8th Place - David Ragali
  • 8TH PLACE

    David Ragali | Rainbow Trout, 5lbs 9oz 22″ long

    Tea gift basket. Donated by the Riverton Inn.

2019 Riverton Fishing Derby - 9th Place - Matthew Amenta
  • 9TH PLACE

    Matthew Amenta | Rainbow Trout, 5lbs 8oz 22″ long

    $50 gift certificate to Northwest Sporting Goods. Donated by Northwest Sporting Goods.

2019 Riverton Fishing Derby - 10th Place - Tom Savage
  • 10TH PLACE

    Tom Savage | Rainbow Trout, 5lbs 7oz 211/4” long

    Combo rod. Donated in loving memory of Robert Sulkazi.

Youth Fishing Derby Results & Prizes

2019 Riverton Youth Fishing Derby - 1st Place - Cillian Josef
  • 1ST PLACE

    Cillian Josef | Rainbow Trout, 4lbs 4oz 201/2” long

    Combo rod, fishing net, and tackle bag. Donated by Friends of the Derby.

2019 Riverton Youth Fishing Derby - 2nd Place - Julia Parent
  • 2ND PLACE

    Julia Parent | Rainbow Trout, 2lbs 6oz 18″ long

    Combo rod and tackle bag. Donated by Friends of the Derby.

2019 Riverton Youth Fishing Derby - 3rd Place - Morgan Artibani
  • 3RD PLACE

    Morgan Artibani | Rainbow Trout, 2lbs 1oz 161/2” long

    Combo rod, fishing net, and tackle bag. Donated by Friends of the Derby.

2019 Riverton Youth Fishing Derby
  • 4TH PLACE

    Griffen Geraghty | Rainbow Trout, 15oz 13″ long

    Combo rod and tackle bag. Donated by the Riverton Volunteer Fire Department.