June 1st & 2nd, 2013
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
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 10:00
AM till 8:00 PM on Saturday and till 4:00 PM on Sunday. There will
be live music Saturday evening and hopefully again on Sunday afternoon!
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!
We usually have live entertainment Saturday night!
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.
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
To find out where you can stay, to take in the Fishing Derby, see our
You'll find a list of the area
businesses and all their contact information
- including their website and Email
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.
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!