2016 Blue Mountain and District Volunteer Fire Department Fishing Derby

This year's fishing derby brought not only some great fish, but a lot of fun, too

2016 Blue Mountain and District Volunteer Fire Department Fishing Derby
2016 Blue Mountain and District Volunteer Fire Department Fishing Derby

This year, I had the privilege to participate in the annual fishing derby hosted by Blue Mountain and District Volunteer Fire Department. The event took place on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The location was the beautiful Garden of Eden Lake and registration was located on Siding Road.

Little angler
(Donnie Cooke photo)

This fishing derby is the fire department’s annual fundraising event. They had 160 registered participants this year. The event is a Nova Scotia “Sportfishing Weekend” sanctioned event, so a fishing license was not necessary, but standard regulations apply.

I’m going to have to say, the Blue Mountain and District Volunteer Fire Department put on a great fishing derby. For the $20 entry fee, you got a hat and a chance to have your name drawn for great prizes, including a 4,000 watt generator. Trophies for longest fish were also given.

There was a lot to eat at the barbecue and everyone appreciated the deep fryer. Most importantly though, there was some great fishing! I think everyone caught something that day.


The cool and overcast weather was great for fishing and there were some nice fish being hooked. At the end of the day, Dean Cameron came in first with a measurement of 17 and 3/4 inches. Second place had to be decided by the flip of a coin, since both fish were 17 inches. Grant MacDonald won the flip. Third place went to Zack Latter.


Congrats to the all the winners and the Blue Mountain and District Volunteer Fire Department for putting on a great derby. I, for one, will be back next year and hope to see you there.

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