Squam Bay Fish Derby celebrates 60 years

The 60th Annual Squam Bay Fish Derby was held July 12, 2015, with 174 entries.

The 60th annual Squam Bay Fish Derby was won by a 10-year-old boy.

The 60th annual Squam Bay Fish Derby was won by a 10-year-old boy.

Submitted by Jacki Van Sickle

The 60th Annual Squam Bay Fish Derby was held July 12, 2015, with 174 entries.

Special recognition awards were given to two fishermen that have entered every derby since the beginning in 1955. Ken Van Sickle of Squam Bay, and Wayne Keller of Barriere received a ball cap and travel mug with their names and the 60th annual logo on it done by Thompson Valley Awards.  We love their commitment!

The winner this year was a 10-year-old boy from Ponoka, Alberta. The youngest to have ever won this derby.

He had a 14 lb. lake trout and his name is Cody Heimann.  Cody won a 3.5 HP Mercury motor, donated by K & G Contracting Ltd., and a keeper trophy.

Tristan Holt of Barriere took second with a 13 lb. 7 oz. lake trout, choosing the electric motor donated by the Young family.

Travis Van Sickle of Raleigh was able to bring in the largest rainbow.  It was 6 lb. 12 oz., placing him 14th in the prizes and he chose a jacket donated by James Western Star.

There was also a hidden weight prize, and Kyron Offero of Calgary won this with a 2 lb. 6 oz. rainbow.

There were 31 fish weighed in, and every fisherman that weighed a fish received a prize.

There were approximately 50 more prizes, so after the fish prizes were finished, and if you were at the weigh-in and your name was drawn, you also won a prize.

A big thanks to the anglers, volunteers and sponsors for making the 60th Annual Squam Bay Fishing Derby a success.