Carson Van Der Greft

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Pikeminnow derby reels in 805 fish in Chilliwack

The Greg Clark Memorial Family Fishing Derby attracted nearly 900 participants who caught more than 800 pikeminnow at Cultus Lake.

Nearly 900 people took part in the Fraser Valley Salmon Society’s annual Greg Clark Memorial Family Fishing Derby on the weekend where a total of 805 pikeminnow were caught at Cultus Lake Main Beach on Saturday.

Folks were fishing for northern pikeminnow only, a voracious predator which harms the endangerd Cultus sockeye.

There were $18,000 worth of prizes handed out, with the following categories being major prize winners:

Largest pikeminnow caught by a junior girl – Faith Bostwick with a fish weighing 1.58 lbs.Second largest pikeminnow caught by a junior girl – Jada Lemky with a fish weighing 1.34 lbs.Third largest pikeminnow caught by a junior girl – Sydney Bury with a fish weighing 1.24 lbs.

Largest pikeminnow caught by a junior boy – Tyler Prest with a fish weighing 1.64 lbs.Second largest pikeminnow caught by a junior boy – Parker Sutherland with a fish weighing 1.60 lbs.Third largest pikeminnow caught by a junior boy – Nate Kushnir with a fish weighing 1.46 lbs.

Largest pikeminnow caught by an adult – Devan Orr with a fish weighing 3.76 lbs.Second largest pikeminnow caught by an adult – Siwen Di with a fish weighing 2.36 lbs.Third largest pikeminnow caught by an adult – Wayne Helmer with a fish weighing 2.14 lbs.

Hidden weight by a junior girl – Kassidy HewittHidden weight by a junior boy – Justen BerlinguetteHidden weight by an adult – Cole Edwards

Most pikeminnow caught by a junior girl – Avalyn Berlinguette with 4 fishMost pikeminnow caught by a junior boy – Owen Nelson with 26 fishMost pikeminnow by an adult – Peter Buck with 75 fish

Second most pikeminnow by an adult – Tyler Buck with 75 fish

The Greg Clark Memorial Family Fishing Derby annual trophy was awarded to the junior angler catching the largest pikeminnow. The trophy was awarded to Tyler Prest.

An Oak Bay Marine Group two-day chartered fishing trip for two was awarded in memory of John Payment, a long-time avid angler and supporter of the Fraser Valley Salmon Society who passed away earlier this year. This prize was awarded to John Michaluk.

Three DFO tagged fish were caught, with $25 being given out for each one.

Two FVSS tagged pikeminnow were caught, one by Brendan de Vries and one by Hank Peters, earning these lucky anglers $250 each.