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Cooper Franklin, 2 1/2 , caught this small bass on a local pond while fishing with his father in August. It was the first fish he has ever caught.

Outdoor Experiences

Dawson Lichty 9, of Woodburn outfished his Uncle Clark and his father, Curtis, when he caught this 3-pound bass on Messenger Lake on Labor Day.
Donovan Castle, 15, wasn’t having any luck catching fish on Lake George, but he netted this 40-pound snapping turtle. He later released it into the lake.
Dylan Junk, 11, caught this largemouth bass at Salamonie Reservoir in August while camping with family and friends. He caught it using night crawlers.
Easton Doster, 6, shows off one of the three largemouth bass he caught in September at the pond in the Lakes of Scarborough addition in New Haven.
Jovon Church caught this huge bluegill while fishing in his northeast Fort Wayne addition.

– Fishing and hunting are enjoyed by young and old, male and female. As proof, readers of The Journal Gazette have been showing off their catches on the weekly Recreation page. The Journal Gazette publishes an Outdoors Experience page once a month, lending a forum for readers to share their love of the outdoors with their neighbors. Send your stories and photos to The Journal Gazette, c/o Sports Department, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802, or email them to