Jake Grilc helps daughter Brynn, 6, cast during the DePue Booster Club fishing derby Sept. 28 at Lake DePue. Getting the bait cleanly into the water, or reeling in without hooking sticks, leaves or logs, became quite difficult on the lakefront, as the rising Illinois River delivered tons of debris to the north edge of Lake DePue. Boosters member Sandy Delgado revived the fishing event and wants to make it an annual free youth activity. Though the fishing wasn’t good, or easy, participants received free bait, prizes and free lunch. The largest fish caught was a 19 1/2-inch freshwater drum. Jordan Delgado from Deer Creek caught the longest fish, among competitors ages 13-18; Regan Smith caught the smallest and most fish; and Aaliyah Shipley and Ainley Grilc won longest-fish prizes, too. The next event for the Boosters, also free, is the Dec. 7 Christmas walk.