The weather wasn’t ideal, but that didn’t stop children from casting their lines and reeling in the pike.
The High Prairie and McLennan chapter for the Knights of Columbus held their eighth annual children’s fishing derby at Winagami Lake on June 11. Despite the intermittent downpours, 70 children fished off the breakwater throughout the day.
“It’s more than I expected,” says Real Garant, one of the organizers. “I feel it exceeded our expectations.”
The derby was a catch-and-release event. The cost was $5 per child, which included a soft drink and hot dog.
Children only caught pike in this year’s event. There were two categories of competition and here are the results:
Ages 10 and under:
1. Janelle Lepage, six fish.
3. Megan Laderoute, four fish.
Biggest fish, Cruz Mark, a 71 cm pike.
1. Gabrielle Dusterhoft, nine fish.
2. Solomon Courtoreille, five fish.
3. Jordan Sylvain and Jesse Sylvain, three fish each.
Biggest fish, Solomon Courtoreille, a 71 cm pike.
Each child received a prize for their efforts. There was also a draw for door prizes.
All the proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Wheelchair Foundation of Canada and other charitable causes.