The 15th Annual Salmon Arm Kid’s Fishing Derby will take place this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19 on the docks at the end of the wharf at Marine Park.
The derby is open to all children 12 years and under. There is no cost to enter and registration takes place Sunday morning, beginning at 6 a.m. at the end of the wharf. The only restrictions are that each child must be accompanied by an adult and each child must wear a life-jacket or PDF. Six certified lifeguards are on duty throughout the event. Some life-jackets are available for children who do not have one.
Only coarse fish are eligible for trophies and prizes. Fish must be caught and played by the child; however, an adult can assist in netting a fish. An awards ceremony will take place immediately following the derby where the trophies and major prizes will be handed out.
The winner of the Kids Fishing Derby will receive the Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union – W. J. (Bill) Murray Memorial Trophy, an IM-6 graphite rod and reel outfit, a $200 education bond and they will get to take their whole family on an all-expenses-paid weekend fishing trip to a fishing lodge, which includes accommodations, boat and motor, and $100 worth of groceries. Second and third place winners will receive rod and reel outfits and education bonds.
Several other prizes and many spot prizes will be given out throughout the derby. Come down to the wharf and cast a line – you might just win a prize. Most of all, be prepared to have fun.