Organizers of the 25th Annual Watch Lake-Green Lake Fishing Derby are casting an invitation out to people to come out and enjoy a weekend of fun, fishing and terrific prizes on June 2-3.
Derby headquarters at Watch Lake Lodge where folks will find the weigh station, a refreshment garden and full concession. Volunteers will be cooking a pancake breakfast and charging $5 per plate both mornings, from 7 to 10 a.m.
The legendary pig roast, which starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, features pork slow cooked on an outdoor rotisserie. Tickets for the pig roast are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children.
All day Saturday, and for much of Sunday, musical entertainment will be provided by local singer and guitarist Ernie Doyle and singing duo Bill and Vic.
Entry fee for the derby is $10 per adult and $7.50 per child under 16 years and both entry and pig roast tickets can be purchased at 70 Mile General Store, Ace High Resort, Little Horse Lodge, Tall Timbers Resort and Watch Lake Lodge.
Prizes are plentiful, and the largest fish caught in either of the two lakes will net one lucky fisher $500 in cash. The second heaviest fish weighed in will be worth $200.
There are all kinds of other merchandise prizes, including one for the first fish weighed in on both Saturday and Sunday and several random draw prizes.
Get working on your Fibermagee story because the best one told during the awards presentation ceremony on Sunday will also win a prize.
The derby is being hosted by the Watch Lake-Green Lake Resort, Guest Ranch & Business Association, which includes many businesses located in the area of the two popular recreational lakes.
Because it is the 25th anniversary of the derby, all of the member businesses have donated merchandise for a giant prize basket that will be raffled off. As another anniversary bonus, some entry packages will have special discount coupons hidden inside, says Krista Froland-Vieira.
“It will be only random packages, so you don’t know what you’ll find inside.”
For further information, call Watch Lake Lodge at 250-456-7741.