It was a family affair at the ninth annual Lake St. George Youth Fishing Derby Jan. 27. Park officials said approximately 400 children and adults filtered through the event between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Young ice anglers were given traps, bait and instructions, as well as having holes drilled in the 18" ice. There was a warming station with snacks inside the barn, where an impressive array of slow cookers served up all sorts of warm comfort food.

The Bureau of Parks and Lands sponsored a Take It Outside trailer where people could borrow cross-country skis, sleds and ice skates to enjoy on the lake. Many enjoyed creative means of transport on the frozen lake, including a go cart, chair tossing, and a sled with a tarp sail.

Alexander Cook won the "First Fish Caught" award with an impressive 22-inch salmon weighing in at 2 pounds 6 ounces. The "Biggest Fish" award went to Mathew Taylor, who caught a 23.5-inch salmon that weighed 3 pounds 6 ounces.

There were many honorable mentions, including Sarah Harriman with a 3-pound, 3-ounce bass; Nathaniel Folleco with a 1-pound, 2-ounce brook trout; and Seth Brown with a 10.5-inch brook trout.

All in all, there were 17 fish caught during the derby.