Between 150 and 200 anglers along with family members are expected for the annual Lure a Cure Fishing Derby taking place on three local lakes this weekend, Aug. 19-21.
Knouff Lake Resort is the focal point for the fundraising derby, which supports the Run for the Cure (Spirit Warriors), B.C. Children’s Hospital and B.C. Prostate Foundation. Derby action takes place on Knouff Lake as well as on nearby Community and Badger lakes.
For derby director Allana Watson, the effort is rooted in her earlier team efforts supporting the Run for the Cure in Kamloops. She also donated to the Spirit Warriors dragon boat team, which reciprocates by volunteering in support of the fishing derby.
“The whole community jumped on board, of course, as they always do,” Watson said.
The Paddlewheeler Lions will have their pancake breakfast available Saturday and Sunday mornings. There are daily give-aways and auctions. Live music will be performed in the evening around a campfire.
“It’s a fishing derby, but a fun derby. It’s not a massive party by any means.”
Last year’s top prize was won with a rainbow trout weighing 3.25 lbs.
Most derby participants camp, but there remain a few cabins available for rent at the resort, she said.
Watson expects a “super, super hot weekend,” with daytime highs of 36 forecast in the city. Conditions dictate that there will be no fireworks display this year.
Tickets, $20 for adults or $10 for children, are available at Surplus Herby’s, Halston Liquor Store or Jimmy’s Liquor Store as well as at the resort. Registration opens for the derby on Friday, Aug. 19, at 3 p.m.