Dugan Lake (pictured) will be the site of the first of what organizers hope will be the annual 150 Mile Elementary Family Ice Fishing Derby. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Dugan Lake (pictured) will be the site of the first of what organizers hope will be the annual 150 Mile Elementary Family Ice Fishing Derby. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

First 150 Mile Elementary Family Ice Fishing Derby expected to be a whopper

The first, of what will hopefully become an annual tradition is coming up in the new year

The first, of what will hopefully become an annual, family holiday tradition is coming up in the new year at Dugan Lake.

The 150 Mile Elementary Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is laying the groundwork for the first annual 150 Mile Elementary Family Ice Fishing Derby on Family Day, Feb. 17, 2020.

“We want it to be a family-focused event,’ said 150 Mile Elementary School PAC president Michelle Iverson. “It is a fishing derby and there will be prizes for the biggest fish, but also fun prizes for smallest fish, random weight, things like that, so we’re hoping it will be a really good fundraiser for the school, as well as a way to give back to the community by hosting a community event”

The ice fishing derby is open to all ages and is not limited to school families.

“We are reaching out across the Cariboo for participants, and welcome all skill levels,” Iverson said.

Fishing will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., with registration getting underway at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m.

READ MORE: Ice fishing a part of winter in the Cariboo

The cost will be $20 per hole, and kids 12 and under are free. Participants 16 and older are required to have a fishing license. The cost of a one-day license is $10 and can be purchased locally, or online.

There will be a concession on site, run by the PAC, with chili, hot dogs, coffee, hot chocolate and baking.

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, through its Learn To Fish Program, is loaning free ice fishing equipment, including tents, rods and augers to be used by participants who may not have their own on the day of the event.

“Their Learn To Fish Program is also hoping to attend in person to help kids, and adults, new to the sport to learn some tricks and tips about ice fishing,” Iverson said.

She added the reason they decided to host an ice fishing event was because they wanted to pick something that would represent the community of 150 Mile House.

“Dugan is a community lake, people spend a lot of time there, anyway, and we wanted to do something that represented our community,” she said.

“Also, it’s a stocked lake, so we’re not hurting our native fish populations and we do have the support of the local Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Fish and Wildlife Branch, and they have been key to connecting us with important resources.”

READ MORE: Officers host ice fishing outing

Tickets will go on sale early in the new year, and Iverson said funds raised will go toward building a new, timber frame outdoor classroom for 150 Mile Elementary School.

“We want to bring learning to life, to create an outdoor gathering place for teachers and students to increase students’ physical, mental and social well-being,” she said.

If anyone is interested in helping sponsor the event, or to provide prizes, they can contact Iverson at 250-267-2085.

A Facebook page has been created for the event titled “150 Mile Ice Fishing Derby,” where up-to-date information is being shared regularly.



sports@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Yunesit'in Government in partnership with the BC Wildfire Service will be conducting a prescribed burn seven kilometres west of the community and 25 kilometres south of Alexis Creek on the south side of the Chilcotin River. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Prescribed burning planned to reduce wildfire risk near Yunesit’in

Burning may begin as early as April 13 in partnership with BC Wildfire Service

An aerial view of the Williams Lake Stockyards taken during a flyover in 2020. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake Bull Show and Sale in its 84th year

This year’s sale will be online and in person

B.C. Cattlemen’s Association general manager Kevin Boon. (B.C. Cattlemen’s Association photo)
COVID, BSE, water access and private land rights: B.C. Cattlemen’s general manager weighs in

Kevin Boon said positive aspect of pandemic is more people interested in where their food comes from

Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society communications officer Brianna van de Wijngaard reflects on World Water Day March 22. (Photo submitted)
DOWN TO EARTH: World Water Day means something different for everyone

This year’s World Water Day theme was Valuing Water

Williams Lake Cycling Club president Shawn Lewis (from left), Jeremy Stoward of New Path Forestry, WLCC Boitanio Bike Park director Andrew Hutchinson accept a cheque from Williams Lake and District Credit Union investment specialist Abigail King. (Photo submitted)
Williams Lake Cycling Club gets bike park donation to bolster upgrades, maintenance

Plans are to complete three rideable lines each year, he added

Burnaby MLA Raj Chouhan presides as Speaker of the B.C. legislature, which opened it spring session April 12 with a speech from the throne. THE CANADIAN PRESS
B.C. NDP promises more health care spending, business support in 2021 budget

John Horgan government to ‘carefully return to balanced budgets’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A lady wears a sticker given out after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count slows after last week’s peak

3,219 new cases since Friday, 18 additional deaths

North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas did not violate the municipality’s code of conduct by posting a sexist meme on Facebook, council concludes. (File photo)
B.C. municipality to take no action against councillor who posted sexist meme

Tek Manhas’s meme doesn’t violate North Cowichan council’s code of conduct, municipality concludes

—Image: contributed
Indoor wine tastings still allowed in B.C., not considered a ‘social gathering’

“Tasting is really just part of the retail experience. The analogy I use is you wouldn’t buy a pair of pants without trying them on.”

A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is raising its estimate for the number of businesses that are considering the possibility of closing permanently. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Small business struggling amid COVID-19 pandemic looks for aid in Liberals’ budget

President Dan Kelly said it is crucial to maintain programs to help businesses to the other side of the pandemic

The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians says that includes attempts to steal Canadian research on COVID-19 and vaccines, and sow misinformation. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
Intelligence committee warns China, Russia targeting Canadian COVID-19 research

Committee also found that the terrorist threat to Canada has shifted since its last such assessment

Part of the massive mess left behind in a Spallumcheen rental home owned by Wes Burden, whose tenants bolted from the property in the middle of the night. Burden is now facing a hefty cleaning and repair bill as a result. (Photo submitted)
Tenants disappear in the night leaving Okanagan home trashed with junk, feces

Spallumcheen rental rooms filled with junk, human and animal feces; landlord scared to rent again

Parliament Hill is viewed below a Canada flag in Gatineau, Quebec, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. A new poll suggests most Canadians are feeling more grateful for what they have in 2020 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions increased slightly in 2019: report

2019 report shows Canada emitted about one million tonnes more of these gases than the previous year

Most Read