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      Our Annual
      Fishing Derby
      First weekend in June


             This year -
           June 7th & 8th, 2014

  •         $500 for biggest fish
  •      $200 for the 2nd biggest
  •         Plus many other prizes
 

The Watch Lake / Green Lake Resort,
Guest Ranch, and Business Association
hosts their 27th Annual Fishing Derby!

  • $500 cash for the biggest fish over all
  • $200 cash for the second biggest fish over all
  • Tons of prizes - lots of categories
  • Fish either Watch Lake or Green Lake
  • Pancake breakfast to start out each day
  • Refreshment Garden on site
  • Pig Roast Dinner with all the trimmings

    See results & past year's photos below

 
 

June 7th & 8th, 2014

Fish can be caught at Watch Lake or Green Lake but must be weighed in at the main weigh station at Watch Lake Lodge! There is always lots of prizes for lots of different categories! Past years have seen over 500 fish weighed in over the two days!

Again this year there will be a $200 cash second place prize! and $500 for the biggest fish! There will also be lots of other prizes for random entry draws - remember though - you must be present at the awards ceremony to receive prizes.

Each day starts out with a pancake breakfast! from 7:00 AM till 10:00 AM. Saturday there will also be a refreshment garden from 11:00 AM till 9:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM till 4:00 PM. There's also a concession on site from 11:00 AM till 8:00 PM on Saturday and till 4:00 PM on Sunday.

Besides all the prizes and daytime fun, we are famous for our Pig Roast Dinner on Saturday Night! Two whole pigs are cooked on outdoor spits and served up with all the trimmings!

You might want to enquire about tickets when you get your derby entry, as they go quickly!

The photos below are from past years - left to right. Top row: One of the pigs on a spit. A fisherman heading out for another catch. Enjoying a cool one. Almost ready for dinner. Diana and Darlene organizing the prize distribution. The tail end of the dinner line. Bottom row: A couple of nice rainbow trout. Shorty - the official weigh-in master. Matt Johnston - one of the entertainers. A prize rainbow trout. General fun. Another nice fish!

All photos will enlarge if you click on them.

These photos are from past years. See the 2008 results lower

Supper on the spit Heading out for another fish Enjoying a cool one Just about ready to eat Organizing the prize distribution Tail end of the line up for dinner
Two nice rainbow trout Shorty the chief weigh-in master One of the entertainers - Matt Johnston A whopper of a trout The Fibber McGee Contest Another nice fish

To find out where you can stay, to take in the Fishing Derby, see our Business Directory.
You'll find a list of the area businesses and all their contact information
- including their website and Email address.


Here's some photos from the 18th Annual Derby in 2005

The Western Town fronts the derby headquarters The concession starts out with breakfast Dale stitching up one of the pigs Mike Connon and the $500 fish! Bud Webb, Rick Kerk-Hecker, and the Outrider The main weigh-in dock at Ace High

Photo left to right: The western town false fronts that make up the derby headquarters, The concession at breakfast time, Dale stitching up the pig getting it ready for the spit, Mike Connon and the $500 fish, Bud Webb, Rick Kerk-Hecker, and Bob Wiehldon make up the entertainment in the beer garden, and the last photo is the view of Watch Lake from the main docks at Ace High Resort.


Here's some photos from the 20th Annual Derby in 2007

The Western Town fronts the derby headquarters The concession starts out with breakfast Dale stitching up one of the pigs Mike Connon and the $500 fish! Bud Webb, Rick Kerk-Hecker, and the Outrider The main weigh-in dock at Ace High

Photo left to right: Fisher people of all ages caught fish. A lot of the fish were really nice!! It was not uncommon to weight in 3 and 4 pound trout. Watch Lake hosted the derby and it was a perfect setting. There were tons of prizes! These two ladies competed for the best dressed fisher woman.

This year the fishing was once again really good. Watch Lake saw even bigger fish than last year! The numbers were good and the weights were super! The biggest fish over all, and the biggest from Watch Lake, was 8lb 12 1/2oz and was caught by Chris Bianco.

There was a total of 126 fish from Watch Lake and there were quite a few in the 3 to 4 pound range. There were no fish from Green Lake. Next year promises to be the same or better. From 2000 to 2004 the Fisheries department tried a new type of rainbow trout which have grown to be extremely nice size fish. In the last couple of years they have gone back to what they used before and the numbers are back to what we used to see. The lake is stocked annually in April with about 40,000 Rainbow Trout. Good luck to all.


Here's some photos from the 21st Annual Derby in 2008

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Photo left to right: The winning fish was caught by Pat Dunne, who is pictured here with his fishing partner Jack Delisle. They are both from the Watch Lake Area. The fish was 7 lb, 6 1/4 oz and was 23 3/4 inches long. They weighed in with 20 minutes to closing time. Brooke Gustafson, from Merritt, just turned 2 years old. Her fish was 12 3/4 oz and 12 1/2 inches long. Chuck Dowman is from Seachelt - his wife Joan actually caught this 4lb, 1 1/2 oz trout. Ken Grant is from Mission and is holding the 3lb, 9 1/2 oz rainbow that he caught. The last photo is another of Pat and the winning fish!

There were 179 entries, 75 fish on Saturday and 34 fish on Sunday. All fish were from Watch Lake. A few tried fishing Green Lake but found no fish - at least none that were hungry enough to bite!

If you plan to travel in the Fall then come and join us at Cariboo Country Night for some good old fashioned fun! The area hosts Accommodation of many different types, including B&Bs, Resorts, Guest Ranches, Lodges, Log Cabin rentals, RV sites, and Camping.

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