Marianne Woods, chair of the fishing derby committee and Bee Hooker, president of the Big Lake Community Association, prepare to hand out awards from the Big Lake Fishing Derby. (Christine Dyment photos)

Big Lake Fishing Derby hooks big crowd

There was a wonderful turnout for the Big Lake Fishing Derby during the weekend

There was a wonderful turnout for the 35th Annual Big Lake Fishing Derby during the weekend with more than 180 registrations and great fishing weather.

A huge thank you to all the sponsors who generously donated cash and prizes to make this such a successful derby.

The cook shack was open all weekend serving amazing breakfast sandwiches, burgers, taco in a bag, chili and buns and Uncle Paul’s coffee.

Beer gardens were setup alongside the lake for those who wanted to share their fishing stories or just sit back and have a cold one.

There was a packed crowd at the dance on Saturday evening with local band Run Home Jack coming back by popular demand. A great time was had by all with 13 door prizes given away and a midnight snack offered.

The campgrounds were full with RVs, campers, tents on both the north and south side of the lake. We were amazed again at home clean and tidy all the campgrounds were after the derby weekend. Thank you, campers.

A huge thanks to the Fishing Derby Committee and also all the volunteers who helped throughout the weekend working in the registration/weigh-in tent, concession shack, beer gardens and at the dance.

Congratulations to the winner of the Polaris 570 Sportsman ATV raffle, Adam Plasun. We sold more than 1,800 tickets. A huge thanks to all those who bought and sold ATV tickets to support the Big Lake Community and a special thanks to Save-On-Foods, Walmart Superstore, Safeway, Canadian Tire, BC Livestock Association and the Lakers Car Club, who let us setup on site and sell tickets at their Spring Roundup.

Last, but not least, the staff at the Big Lake Store and Pub who sold dozens of books in their store.

All proceeds of the ATV Raffle, Derby and Dance will go toward upgrading the Big Lake Community Hall.

Winners from the derby are as follows:

Adult Largest

Rainbow Trout


• 1st Place – Ron Nohr 742g

• 2nd Place – Rick Dubreuil 731g

• 3rd Place – Nora Tardiff 639g

Youth Largest

Rainbow Trout


• 1st Place – Jayden Combs 547g

• 2nd Place – Ethan Erickson 460g

• 3rd Place – Hunter Combs 459g

Largest Kokanee

• Shawn Martin 529g

QUAD Winner – 570 Polaris ATV

• Adam Plasun

50/50 Winners

• Friday – Robert Hooker $80

• Saturday – Lisa Sepkowski $260

• Sunday – Ryan Tardiff $200

• Dance – Marissa Hooker $200

– Marianne Woods is the chair of the Big Lake Fishing Derby


Shawn Martin (left) fished to first place in the largest Kokanee division and picked up $100.

Christine Dyment photos First place largest rainbow trout and $100 went to Jayden Combs with a 547-gram catch. The award was sponsored by Boswroth Family “in memory of Lina and Jim.”

Third place largest rainbow trout was Nora Tardiff with a 639-gram fish, for $250.

Rick Dubreuil won second place with a 731-gram fish in the largest rainbow trout division and picked up $500. The award was sponsored by Williams Lake Plywood Division, West Fraser Mills.

Ron Nohr was the big winner of the weekend picking up $1,000 and first place in the adult rainbow trout category at the Big Lake Fishing Derby.

Donna Wilke and Bee Hooked select the winner for the Polaris 570 ATV quad raffle.

Ron Nohr, first place winner in the adult largest rainbow trout category, stands in front of the sponsorship sign.

Ryan Tardiff, with son Leighton, were the winners of Sunda’s 50/50 draw for $200.

Jayden Combs, first place in the youth division, stands with his father.

Vince Sorley hands over the quad key to Adam Plasun, winner of the Polaris 570 ATV with the Fish Derby Committee and president of the BLCA.

Adam Plasun, winner of the quad raffle at the Big Lake Fishing Derby.

Vince Sorley and Marianne Woods with Adam Plasun winner of the Polaris 570 ATV.

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