The weather turned beautiful and Charlie Lake was filled with boats and eager fishers for the 2013 Father’s Day fishing derby.

Dad’s Catch of the Day article in the Alaska Highway News.

Kids Winners:

1st – Austin Barber – 3lb 1oz  25.5 inches – pike
2nd – Montana Christianson – 2lb 11oz   23.5 inches – walleye
3rd – Jillian Stone – 2lb 3oz  18.75 inches – walleye
4th – Lincon Bueckert – 2lb 1oz  19.5 inches –  pike

Adult Winners:

1st – Al Williams – 4lb 10oz  27.5 inches – pike
2nd – Garrett Gejdos – 2lb 6oz  22 inches – pike
3rd – Charene Christianson – 2lb 2oz  18.25 inches – walleye

Tammi Drapeau and her crew of volunteers lead two full classes of 25 children through the basics of fishing. The windy conditions made casting a challenge, but the kids, volunteers and parents looked pleased with the event. The North Peace Rod and Gun Club provided each child with a rod, real, and some fishing accessories that they took home with them.

You can read more about the event on Energetic City’s website.

2013 Fishing Derby Poster

All children must be registered prior to June 15, 2013 as there are limited spaces. Registration starts on June 1, 2013 by calling or dropping in to Backcountry. (250) 785-1461

Click on the image to view a larger version.

Learn to Fish 2013 Poster

Do you catch and retain fish on the Peace River?  On behalf of BC Hydro, Golder Associates Ltd. is completing a Human Health Assessment, as a component of the Environmental Assessment for the proposed Site C Clean Energy Project.  We are currently gathering information on the amount and type of fish caught and consumed from the Peace River and its tributaries.  If you fish on the Peace, would you consider taking this quick 5 minute survey before November 16, 2012?  All information we obtain from you today will remain confidential and anonymous.  Thanks for your input.

Click here to take survey

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On June 18 Tammi Drapeau from Backcountry along with other volunteers hosted a Kids Learn to Fish Day at Inga Lake on behalf of the North Peace Rod & Gun Club (NPRGC). 35 kids between the ages of 5 – 15 years old attended this free event.

“We met at the Inga Lake boat launch for a quick explanation of our plans for the afternoon. We then walked over to the spawning channel for a tour led by Cyril Jones. After meeting back at the boat launch to hand out brand new fishing rods and tackle to each and every kid, we met up at the east side of the lake to learn how to fish! We had so many kids that they had to stand elbow to elbow at the waters edge. After a quick lesson on gear and how to put a jig on, we were happily fishing.  Parents sat on the sidelines and enjoyed the afternoon while I and a couple of wonderful helpers untangled lines and gave lessons on casting. A couple of fish were caught that afternoon on worms that kids had graduated to after learning how to cast a jig. It was a very fun and relaxing afternoon for all who attended.

The following afternoon Backcountry, along with many local sponsors, hosted a Family Father’s Day Fishing Derby. Many who attended the Kids Learn to Fish Day were participants in the derby. Lots of fish were caught by all and the kids were so proud to show off their new found fishing abilities. We had an amazing weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the quality time with our families and friends.”

Submitted by

Tammi Drapeau

Backcountry Fishing

Sponsors of the Kids Learn to Fish Day:



Peace Country Rentals


Sponsors of the Father’s Day Family Fishing Derby:


Bring It Welding

Canadian Spirit Resources Inc.

CE Franklin

Kamber Nitrogen Services

Peace Country Rentals


Raven Oilfield Rentals

Roland Triebel Jewellers Ltd.


Trojan Safety Services


VE Brandl




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