North Thompson Fish and Game Club’s Father’s Day Derby braves the weather

83 anglers register and catch in 88 fish during the Barriere area Derby

Brenda Vernon

Brenda Vernon

Where is summer?  Indeed! The crazy June  weather didn’t  dampen the enthusiasm of the  83 dedicated participants for the North Thompson Fish and Game Club’s Third Annual Fathers Day Fishing Derby.   Anglers of every age celebrated Fathers Day in the great outdoors, come rain and shine, wind and storm.  Mother Nature couldn’t have thrown much more at them; but the good natured anglers said it just added to the challenge and the memories.  Eighty-eight fish were caught in total, with the biggest rainbow caught by a male won by Sheldon Van Sickle (4lb. 15 oz), and the biggest caught by a female to Brenda Vernon (4lb. 7.5 oz).

Angler’s Gift and Tackle hosted the Derby, and the weigh-in was held in the store’s parking lot located on the corner of Barriere Town Road and the Yellowhead Highway.

Special thanks were given to organizers Ray Foucault, Chris and Corrina Booth, Elizabeth Ekins, Kathy Campbell, as well as to MC George Jalava,  student helpers Connor Booth, Meghan Booth, Curt Young, and concession provider Bob Sorenson.   Members of the Fish and Game Club say that without their combined efforts the event would not have been the same and many hands make light work.

They also said a big thank you to their numerous sponsors and to all who registered and took part; making the Father’s Day Fishing Derby another huge success.


Hidden weight – Emil Gammel ( 3lb 8oz)

Father and one child – Art and Gary Turner (7lb 5oz total)

Heaviest family combined weight – Ben & Lorraine Thiesen (5lb 3oz)

Heaviest combined weight one person – Donna Richardson (5lb 4oz)

Most colorful fish – Robert Strachan

#1 Biggest Rainbow for a male – Sheldon VanSicle (4lb 15oz)

#1 Biggest Rainbow for a female- Brenda Vernon (4lb 7.5oz)

#2 Rainbow – Aaron VanSicle (4lb 5oz)

#3 Rainbow – Alan Richardson (2lb 10 oz)

#4 Rainbow – Glen Vernon (2lb 7oz)

#5 Rainbow – Harold Bittner ( 2lb 3oz)

#6 Rainbow – Cory Cooper (1lb 14oz)

#1 Rainbow Girl – Georgia Clough (1lb 1oz)

#1 Rainbow Boy – Deagan Hidata (1lb 9oz)

#1 Fish other than Rainbow – Butch Fry (Lake Trout 1lb 11oz)