Annual Lac la Hache Father’s Day Fishing Derby slated for this weekend

Community news happening around the Lac la Hache area of the South Cariboo

The 13th Annual Lac la Hache Father’s Day Fishing Derby is set for June 15-16 and this is the only weekend a fishing licence is not required for any British Columbian resident to fish at most of the many lakes in the province.

Last year, more than 300 tickets were sold for this family fun fishing derby. As was the case last year, this year’s event will see participants range in ages from the very young to the well-seasoned fishers, all competing for various prizes.

Hosted once again by Kokanee Bay Resort, the derby is conducted by, and the proceeds go to, the Lac la Hache Father’s Day Fishing Derby Society. It’s a not-for-profit society that distributes the funds back to community organizations.

Past recipients have included the Lac la Hache Elementary School’s Parents Advisory Committee, Lac la Hache Fireman’s Auxiliary, Lac la Hache Historical Society, South Cariboo Health Foundation, 100 Mile House & District Women’s Centre and the Williams Lake Crime Stoppers.

This year, prizes have changed a bit. Cash prizes include $500 for the largest fish and $300 for the second largest fish. The largest rainbow receives $100 and the largest whitefish will reel in $100.

There are several hidden weight and weigh-in time prizes up for grabs.

Every entry ticket, adults $10 each and youth 12 years and under $5 each, is entered into a draw for the many door prizes.

On Sunday, there are activities planned for all ages, including a silent auction, freebees for children on Sunday, and hamburger and hotdog concession from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Derby prizes will be awarded on June 16 beginning at 1 p.m. at Kokanee Bay Resort grounds.

Tickets are available at Kokanee Bay Resort, the Lac la Hache Food Mart (Race Trac Gas), the Hungry Bear Cafe. There are also available at Donex in 100 Mile House at Donex, and at Chilcotin Guns in Williams Lake.

For more information, contact Rose Stenberg at 250-396-7345 or Hetty Wright at 250-396-4253.