Elise Britton, 13, of Middletown, will be honored this week by Gov. John Carney for winning the top state award in the 31st annual Youth Fishing Tournament coordinated by DNREC's Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police.

Elise Britton, 13, of Middletown, will be honored this week by Gov. John Carney for winning the top state award in the 31st annual Youth Fishing Tournament coordinated by DNREC’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police.

The tournament was held June 3 at one site in each county. The New Castle County location was Lums Pond State Park.

Britton caught fish weighing a total of 25.22 pounds to win first place overall in the county and first place overall in Delaware. She also reeled in an 8.6-pound carp, the largest fish caught in this year’s tournament.

Other New Castle County winners by age group and total weight of fish caught were:

Ages 4-7 – first place, Liesabet Barker, 4, of Townsend, 2.69 pounds; second place, Mackenzie Healey, 4, of Middletown, 1.53 pounds; third place, Landon Gonzalez, 7, of New Castle, 1.48 pounds;

Ages 8-11 – first place, Jonathan Pollock, 9, of Middletown, 3.96 pounds; second place, Leland Barker, 9, of Townsend, 2.66 pounds; third place, Evan Wooters, 10, of Newark, 2.23 pounds;

Ages 12-15 – first place, Elise Britton, 13, of Middletown, 25.22 pounds; second place, Kody Edwards, 15, of Wilmington, 3.36 pounds; third place, Lauren Pollock, 14, of Middletown, 3.17 pounds.

A total of 155 youth participated. All fish caught were weighed and released, as young anglers got a first-hand lesson in conservation.

The winners received trophies and prizes, and all participants received prizes.

The overall county winners and the overall statewide winner have been invited to the trophy presentation with the governor July 27 at the State Fair.

The free event, held annually in June, is open to youth ages 4-15. For more information, call 302-739-9913.