The lure of catching some fish and the shining sun brought fishers and their families out to Art Mann Park on Saturday where the Quamichan Stewards hosted their first fishing derby on Quamichan Lake.
After spending the morning with their rods, boats and lawn chairs participants brought their fish back to the park for the final weigh-in. Seven year old Carson Batty brought in the largest fish, a nice sized 1.45 lb cutthroat trout and took home first prize in the child’s category. The next largest fish was a 1.4 lb trout brought in by Marion Roys. Frazer Willmott, also seven, caught a 1.35 lb trout and won second prize in the child’s category. Jeremy Thomassen took home second prize in the adult’s category with his 1.35 lb trout. The Grand Prize was to go to the person who caught the most invasive species, but unfortunately no invasive species were caught.
On the shore derby spectators and participants took part in activities including the Freshwater Fisheries Society’s Learn to Fish program, kayak tours with Wilderness Kayaking Co., relaxing on the dock provided by Vancouver Island Roll-A-Dock, kid’s activities with the Cowichan Land Trust and eating up delicious burgers barbequed by the Rotary Club of Duncan’s ‘Burger Boys’.
Overall it was a great day that brought out over 150 people, fifty-one of whom entered the derby. Once the accounting is complete all profits from the derby will be donated to the Sansum Point land acquisition.
We would like to send a huge thank you to our sponsors for helping us make this event such a success; Bucky’s Sport Shop, Monti’s Boat Sales, Volume One Books, Lifetimer Boats, Thrifty Foods, Wilderness Kayaking Co., Vancouver Island Roll-A-Dock, the Rotary Club of Duncan, Cowichan Land Trust, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters. This project was undertaken with the financial support of Environment Canada.