The Cheticamp River Salmon Association held its annual trout fishing derby on Sunday, June 2nd at Petit Lac (Delaney Lake) in Grand Etang. Anglers of all ages came out for what turned out to be a beautiful day, and a very successful derby.
By 6 am, when the derby opened, enthusiastic anglers had already gathered at Petit Lac. Some fished along the banks, some in boats, and others cast standing up to their chests in the water. Regardless of their techniques, the anglers were soon catching trout of all sizes.
For youth up to sixteen years old, the Cheticamp River Salmon Association also ran a largest trout competition, and local businesses chipped in with donations of prizes. The Association was happy to announce that Colton Chiasson won the competition, with his 2 pound, 6.4 ounce brook trout. Dawson Burns was the runner-up, with a brook trout that was only slightly smaller (2 pounds, 6 ounces). Rounding out the winners was Emily LeBlanc, with her 16 inch rainbow trout.
Next year, the Association hopes to expand its derby and largest trout competition to include additional age categories, including an adult division. We will look forward to building on the success of this year's event, and bringing you an even bigger derby next year!