SM Elks Lure Young Fishermen

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Hook a lure to your line and find a spot to fish.

The Elks 7th Annual Fishing Derby, hosted by Felton’s Auto Sales, is Saturday, June 27. However, those who want to participate must register by Friday, June 26.

The Elks 7th Annual Fishing Derby is Saturday. Everyone is invited to participate. Those who do participate must register by Friday. Jim McCuaig, Phil Epler, Eleanor Law, Beverly McCuaig and Albert Law display some of the prizes up for grabs including fishing poles and tackle boxes.

The Elks 7th Annual Fishing Derby is Saturday. Everyone is invited to participate. Those who do participate must register by Friday. Jim McCuaig, Phil Epler, Eleanor Law, Beverly McCuaig and Albert Law display some of the prizes up for grabs including fishing poles and tackle boxes.

Organizer Jim McCuaig said the event has become enjoyable for many, especially children. Fifty-five children participated in last year’s event, he added.

“We had 82 participants total, both kids and adults,” Mr. McCuaig said.

Children 12 and younger do not have to pay the entry fee to participate in the derby. Anyone 12 and older must pay $10.

Tickets to participate in the derby can be picked up at the St. Maries Elks Lodge, St. Joe Sports Stop, Blue Goose and Felton Auto Sales through June 26.

Once registered, participants can head out to their favorite fishing hole Saturday in the St. Joe, Coeur d’Alene Lake or Coeur d’Alene drainage to try to catch the largest fish in one of the five categories: blueback, salmon, pike, panfish (no bass) and other fish (tinch, squaw, bullheads, etc.). Trout will not be accepted.

There is one winner in each of the five categories for both children and the adults, Mr. McCuaig added. The longest fish in each category wins.

“It’s not by weight,” he said.

Fish will be measured from 4 to 5 p.m. in the parking lot at the Elks Lodge. Participants keep their fish. Barbecued hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings will also be served. The cost is $5 per person. Winners are announced at 5:30 p.m.

Mr. McCuaig said once again local business, as well as those in Coeur d’Alene, have supported the event by donating prizes. Half of the proceeds from ticket sales will go toward cash prizes for winners of each category for adults. Winners in each category in the children’s division each receive $25.

There will also be several raffle prizes. Everyone who enters the derby will receive a raffle ticket. It will either be placed in the children’s raffle or the adult raffle.

“So far, for the last six years, every kid has gotten something,” Mr. McCuaig said, adding it is the support from businesses which makes it possible. “We receive so much support from so many people in town as well as from Cabela’s, Black Sheep and Fins and Feathers.”

Mr. McCuaig said his favorite part of organizing the event is seeing how much fun the children have.

“This is an event kids and their whole family can enjoy,” he added. “It’s always a lot of fun.”

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