Sierra Hopp and her grandfather kept this fish from their recent outing and are planning a special fish fry.

Sierra Hopp, 9, of Black Hawk caught a couple 11-inch trout during last Saturday's Walleye's Unlimited and Cabela's Kid's Fishing Day at the Roosevelt Park Pond, and immediately set her sights higher.

"She wanted to know if she could catch something bigger," said Lee Knoll, Hopp's grandfather, also of Black Hawk.

Knoll contacted neighbor Ivan Burandt, who just happens to run a bed and breakfast and outdoor guide service, Ivan's Bed & Breakfast of Black Hawk, and the three went out on Orman Dam east of Belle Fourche on Monday.

Fishing with plugs from Burandt's 20-foot boat, it didn't take long for Sierra to start catching walleye, including a couple in excess of 20 inches long.

Sierra at first thought she had a fish when her line moved from the movement of the boat, but she knew she had a bite for sure when "the pole really bent," she said.

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Hopp and her grandfather, kept one of the fish and are planning a special fish fry, she said.

Sierra now has set a new goal of catching a catfish.

But what's the most important lesson she learned about fishing?

"Patience," she said.


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