The Valley Fish and Game Club held their 7th Annual Trout Derby and Pig Roast on April 18, 19 and 20 with adult anglers heading out to fish Cowichan and Bear Lakes with the kids trying their luck in Mayo Lake.
“There was a smaller turn-out this year from last year,” said the club’s Wally Baas. “Only 30 adults and a half-dozen kids tried to land the biggest 50 centimetre trout of the derby.”
All the anglers had a good time fishing and enjoying the events of the week-end. The pig roast dinner was a big hit again this year with the 172 pound pig providing the main course for the
80 folks at dinner on Friday night and delicious pulled pork sandwiches on Saturday and Sunday.
The eighty pounds of cougar sausages were a hit at the dinner as well.
A cannon blast set off at noon on Sunday by Ray Bishop let everyone know it was final weigh-in with prizes for the winners presented after that.
While everyone was watching the prizes being given out inside the clubhouse,a surprise visit outside from the Easter Bunny gave the kids and some “older kids” a chance to hunt for Easter eggs to finish off the week-end of fun.
The weather wasn’t the greatest all days, but everyone stayed warm around campfires and enjoyed another fun derby week-end.
The derby is an annual event for the Valley Fish and Game Club and is in remembrance of all fallen members of the club.
Winning results, all Cutthroat trout:
1st place: Wade Lowe, 3.12 lbs.
2nd place: Sandra Vermiere, 3 lbs.
3rd place: James Dobbie, 2.38 lbs.
4th place: Armin, 2.32 lbs.
5th place; Rick Harrison, 2.29 lbs.
6th place: Larry Williams, 2.28 lbs.