Kids Brave Heavy Rain For Annual BPSA Fishing Derby

Busy anglers braved the rain at the at BPSA hatchery pond.

It has been said that bad weather can mean good fishing. Well that was the case on May 25th at the Bruce Peninsula Sportsmen’s Association (BPSA) Hatchery Pond.
Our annual KIDS FISHING DERBY attracted 65 young participants. Add in parents and grandparents and we had 150 people gathered around our pond for this annual BPSA event.
For most of the derby it poured. The catching was fast and furious when it rained. Action slowed down when the rain stopped.
We added 200 rainbow trout to the trout already in the pond and they were hungry for the kids’ worm offerings. To the delight of the youngsters more than fifty fish were caught. One young angler landed four fish. Many of the smaller fish were “catch and release.”
All participants went home with a prize thanks to generous supporters of BPSA. The top fish caught were by Blake McCallum, 4.6 lbs., James Thompson, 4.2 lbs., Hayden Maisonneuve, 4 lbs., Gabriel Valley, 3.8 lbs., Zackery Wood, 3.8 lbs. and Chase Leask, 3.8 lbs.

A young angler shows off his catch at the annual BPSA Kids Fishing Derby May 25th.

BPSA KIDS FISHING coordinator Mike Smith was thrilled with how our KIDS DERBY played out. Mike said “thanks to all the volunteers who helped and made this event the success it was … it would have never happened without you all. Also, a big thank you to all our sponsors for the event and a special thank you to Kevin Harders and Chad Williamson for help getting prize donations.
During the awards ceremony BPSA President Bruce Beacock thanked our community for its support and noted “you just have to see the kids’ smiles and you realize this was a huge success. We seem to have made many great memories for everyone who took part.”
Individual and corporate sponsors supporting BPSA KIDS FISHING and other 2019 club projects include: Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Coca Cola Bottling, MPM Property Maintenance Fretz’s Value Mart, Lures N Lines, Pinkertons Auto Supply, Wiarton Marina, Kenny Sam Lures, Penny Cutting, Giant Tiger, DSG Outerwear, Rankin River Department Store, Burrows and Son Construction, Wiarton Volunteer Fire Department, J&S Tackle, Elizabeth Muelbacher, Paterson Media, Jamie Cook, Baywest Toyota, Charlie Robertson, Gary Fisher, and Chad Williamson.
The next major event on the BPSA schedule is our annual Beef and Pork Barbecue. It is scheduled for July 13, 2019 at our clubhouse west of Wiarton. This barbecue is our conservation club’s largest fund raiser of the year. It helps support all our projects including fish stocking, stream rehab, firearms safety training, archery, tree planting and invasive species awareness programs.
The 280-member Bruce Peninsula Sportsmen’s Association was established in 1962 to “enhance and protect fish and wildlife” in Grey-Bruce region. Club meetings take place on the last Thursday night of each month from September to June.
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