Dave Graybill, longtime north central Washington angler and outdoors radio personality, says the first annual Trout Derby held by Quincy Valley Tourism last Saturday (March 5), “came off in fine style. The weather turned out to be bright and clear and the turnout for the tagged trout event was excellent.”
There was 537 anglers registered for the adult and youth divisions. Fishing in the derby was restricted to Burke Lake, due to ice cover on Quincy Lake.
There was just one tagged trout landed, by Kellie Shultz of Everett, who has been coming to fish the opening weekend at Burke for 20 years. Shultz was awarded a fat envelope full of prizes, including a $100 in cash, until it is determined if her fish was wearing a cash-award tag.
Jim Caroll caught the largest trout in the adult division, and a Traeger BBQ with his 6-pound, 2,2-ounce rainbow. Cruz Villegas won the youth division big fish prize.
Oscar Trevino won the adult total weight award with 12.53 pounds of rainbow in his five-fish limit, and in the kid division with the heaviest weigh total was Nick DeLine with 5.08 pounds.