Compared to last weekend’s sub-zero temperatures, it was a balmy Saturday afternoon out in the middle of Killarney Lake for the second annual Ice-Fishing Derby.
Temperatures of -6 C with a slight breeze allowed anglers to enjoy the outdoors with their families, neighbors and fellow fishing enthusiasts.
This year’s derby drew some 55 participants to the event, but raised much the same amount of money as last year. The 2018 derby raised money for the Killarney Lake aeration system. This year’s take went directly towards the local fire hall to be constructed this summer.
Fire Department member and organizer for the event, Dustin Flanagan, was pleased with the day. “The day was perfect! We had great weather!”
Eleven fish were caught, with the largest being a walleye that measured in at 26 3/8“ by La Riviere resident, Neal Windsor. The top two northern pike were only a half inch apart in length, with Deloraine’s, Nathan Kennedy pulling ahead with his 24.5” pike. Abilynn Shackel was a close 3rd largest fish with her 24” pike.
Flanagan estimated the derby raised close to $1500.00, much the same as last year. “This year our numbers were down a bit. Last year we purchased a lot of prizes. This year there were a lot of prizes donated. So, I think in terms of funds raised, we are sitting at pretty much the exact same amount. “
“Fishing is generally very good in March,” he explains. “Just a reminder though, with the season coming to a close the aeration system on Killarney Lake, will be opening up more water, and the ice fishing shacks have to be off any frozen water in Manitoba by the end of the month.”
“A big thank you to all of our generous donators of our prizes and the Killarney Fire Department for coming out and helping today as well, he says, “and, also for everybody coming out today!”