Annual fishing derby coming to Watch Lake

Gisele Poliseno’s column to the Free Press
Scarlette Johnson, 3, was delighted to receive a small pink fishing rod by volunteer Makayla Vieira, 9, at the Watch Lake/Green Lake Fishing Derby in the awards presentations on June 4 2017. Scarlette won her prize for being the youngest entrant overall fishing at the derby. Carole Rooney photo.

The Watch Lake & Green Lake 34th Annual Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, June 1 & Sunday, June 2, hosted at the Watch Lake Lodge.

Entry forms and steak dinner tickets are available at the 70 Mile General Store, Tall Timbers Resort, Donex Pharmacy and Department Store, Lone Butte Sporting Goods and Watch Lake Lodge. Derby entry forms are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 16. Dinner tickets are $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 10.

The pancake breakfast will start each day from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., then the concession will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a refreshment garden open on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The BBQ steak dinner with all the trimmings is on Saturday at 6 p.m.

You might want to inquire about tickets when you purchase your derby entry as the dinner tickets go quickly. Participants can fish either Watch Lake or Green Lake. The prize for the biggest fish from both lakes is $500 and the second biggest fish from both lakes is $250. There will also be a 50/50 draw on each day.

The ceremony for awards, draws and prizes will be held on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. You must be present to receive the prizes. This event is hosted by the Watch Lake-Green Lake Community Association (WLGLCA) with the proceeds going to the Watch Lake Community Hall Operating Fund.

For more information about the Fishing Derby, contact the Watch Lake Lodge at 250-456-7741.

Watch Lake Community Hall

If you would like to rent the Watch Lake Community Hall (WLCH) for receptions like weddings or anniversaries, birthday parties, get-togethers, meetings, and other activities, please contact Joni Guenther at 250-456-7330 or Gisele Poliseno at 250-395-9082. They will gladly book the days you require for that special day.


Watch Lake-North Green Lake VFD meets three times a month. The next two practices for this month will be on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to noon and Tuesday, May 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. New volunteers are always welcome. If you can find the time, come, and join.

Watch Lake & District Women’s Institute (WLDWI) meets every third Wednesday of each month, except for July and August, at the WLCH at 11:30 a.m. Bring a lunch. For more information, call Helen Eagle at 250-456-2413 or Joni Guenther at 250-456-7330.

WLGLCA next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 19th at the WLCH. Social at 7 p.m. with the meeting commencing at 7:30.

Let me know

If you have community events, get-well, birthday or anniversary wishes or news you would like to share with the community, call the writer at 250-395-9082 or email at I would love to hear from you.