2017 Annual Spring Fishing Derby

Hi Everyone! First, I want to start out by introducing myself. My name is Kayla, and I am a first-year student in the Natural Resource Environmental Technology program at NSCC. I have been hired by CRSA through the Clean Foundation to be the Stream Restoration Crew Leader and represent a Youth Corps leader for my summer work term. I am really enjoying it and I am excited to get the rest of the summer students here to get our hands dirty out on the river.

The Annual Fishing Derby event is hosted CRSA and is always held during Nova Scotia's official Sport fishing weekend. The goal is to offer an outlet for families to come and enjoy a fun outdoor activity by getting kids involved and provides great opportunity for people of all ages to get out for a day of fishing.

The derby started at 8 am on June 4th, however the lake was open to the public at 6 am and from what I heard there were many catches early in the morning. We had the BBQ running all day and plenty to drink. The derby ended at noon where we the gave out smaller prizes to the younger children for their participation in the event and also gave out prizes for the top youth anglers. Top prize went to Maria Aucoin (13)- 2lb 3oz, Second place prize Declan Deveau (5)- 1 lb 10oz, Third place Damien Grace (6)- 4.9 oz, and fourth place was Eli LeBlanc (5) 4.0oz.

The Cheticamp River Salmon Association would like to thank everyone who came out to the derby yesterday and helped make this day another success. To all the volunteers and board members who helped and donated their time and recourses. To the families for taking part in this event and, despite the poor weather conditions, for sticking it out throughout the day. We saw lots of smiling faces. A big thank you to all our local business for your generous donations (Happy Clam Café, Évangeline Restaurant, Harbour Restaurant, Le Gabriel, Cheticamp Boat Builders, Mr. Chicken, Wabo’s Pizza) Its wonderful to see our community coming together to support each other and I know the prize winners appreciated it. I also want to thank the Cheticamp Co-op for donating the food for the BBQ, it was greatly appreciated and enjoyed. Overall, it was a great and we hope to see you all next year!