Last Fishing Derby of the Season

The Easter Day fishing derby hosted by Kelvington Legion Branch #19 at Greenwater Lake Provincial Park was popular on a warm sunny afternoon. Temperatures edged up above freezing, with a slight breeze diffused by a warm sun. The event was held close to shore with 140 holes drilled and 125 fisher-men, -women and -children trying to tempt the big catch in 12-15 feet of water.

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Sisters Grayce and Ava McNeil  hope to catch that elusive fish.

Hot chocolate and giant wieners satisfied the outdoor hunger pangs, although there was the odd fishing shack cooking up a feast. One of them could win a prize for the category of “most impressive luxury fishing shack ever!”

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Emile Paradis, centre, with Darcy Cunningham, left, and Jesse Patrick.

It was constructed by Emile Paradis and its interior was as comfortable as an RV, with seating for a multitude, cookers to feed an army, and the odd trophy fish hanging on the wall.

The competition was a catch-and-release affair and at the end of the day four fish were caught, weighed, recorded and released. The winning pike weighed 1.9 lbs., and Martins Juskins walked away with the top prize of $500.

By Andy Labdon


Wadena News


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