162 anglers compete at Squam Bay Fish Derby

First place went to Nathan Chilibeck of Pinantan, with a 13 lb. 10 oz. dolly, winning $600 and a keeper trophy

Pictured are the winners at the 57th Annual Squam Bay Fish Derby (l - r) first place Nathan Chilibeck of Pinantan with a 13 lb. 10 oz. dolly; second was Dan Stoelwinder of Kamloops with a 7 lb. 10 oz. gray; and largest rainbow was Chase Davidson of Kamloops

Pictured are the winners at the 57th Annual Squam Bay Fish Derby (l - r) first place Nathan Chilibeck of Pinantan with a 13 lb. 10 oz. dolly; second was Dan Stoelwinder of Kamloops with a 7 lb. 10 oz. gray; and largest rainbow was Chase Davidson of Kamloops

The Squam Bay Fish Derby traditionally occurs on the second Sunday in July, and this year, for the 57th annual, that date of July 8 turned out to be a wonderful day.

There were 162 entries this year, with 41 fish weighed in.

“We had more prizes than fish,” said Jackie Van Sickle, “So we drew some names out of a bucket; and this is always fun, because you don’t even need to catch a fish to win a prize.”

Winning anglers were:

First place went to Nathan Chilibeck of Pinantan, with a 13 lb. 10 oz. dolly, winning $600 and a keeper trophy

Second place was Dan Stoelwinder of Kamloops, with a 7 lb. 10 oz. gray, winning $200 and a keeper trophy

Third went to Brook White of Qualicum, with a 7 lb. 5 oz. gray.

Fourth place went to Ken Van Sickle of Squam Bay, with a 6 lb. 8 oz. gray, (of note is the fact that Ken has participated in all 57 derbies).

Fifth place was Krista Turner of Kamloops, with a 6 lb. 2 oz. gray.

Sixth and seventh place was a tie for brothers-in-law, Wayne Keller of Barriere, and Harold Bittner of Kamloops, with a 6 lb. 1 oz. catch.

Eighth and ninth was also a tie for Bernard Guilbault of Sorrento, and Mary Van Sickle of Squam Bay, with a 5 lb. 11 oz. fish.

Tenth went to James Rempel of Clearwater, with a 5 lb. 10 oz. fish

Largest rainbow was 4 lb. 8 oz, placing 17th in the draw for prizes was Chase Davidson of Kamloops, also taking home a keeper trophy and his name will go on the Ralph Keller Memorial Trophy.

Dayton Fraser won 40th place in the draw, and the hidden weight prize with a 2 lb. 2 oz. rainbow.

 

“Having the sponsor’s donations makes the prizes that much more exciting for our fishermen,” said Van Sickle.

– Barriere Star/Journal