Laramie River Station employees, Greg Petroski, mechanic/welder I, and Kelly Simonton, maintenance supervisor, are hooked on fishing. They organized the first IBEW 612 Basin Electric Employee Fishing Derby to give their co-workers, friends and family an opportunity to practice their fishing skills while enjoying a friendly competition. The event was held June 14 at Grayrocks Reservoir near Wheatland, WY, and was open to all Basin Electric and Wheatland Rural Electric Association employees, sponsors, their guests and others.
Fishing was supposed to begin at 6 a.m. that morning, but rain, lightning and even some hail put a damper on that. The weather cleared up by mid-morning and the fishing was back on.
Ninety-eight entrants, including 12 youth participants, competed in the derby for the largest walleye.This year’s derby was won by Jon Worthington with a 3 lb. 4 oz. walleye; Ryland Petroski won with a 1 lb. 6 oz. walleye for the youth division.
“It’s fun to see the kids’ excitement. I know my son, Ryland, was looking forward to this tournament all year,” Petroski says.
Participants paid an entry fee, Power Service, Inc., provided a BBQ lunch, and prizes were donated by sponsors. Basin Electric was one of those sponsors.
“This was truly a great family event. After the tournament everybody hung out and enjoyed some good food and conversations. I was even able to visit with a lot of retirees I hadn’t seen for a long time. Everyone left with a door prize and a smile,” Petroski says. “We hope to do it again next year.”