Magic Reservoir south of Bellevue is the site of the ninth annual John McClatchy Memorial “Big Fish” fishing derby Saturday, June 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Returning this year: A guaranteed $1,000 for the first-place “heaviest fish” prize.
Your raffle ticket included in the entry fee entitles raffle winners to prizes like golf for four at Sun Valley Trail Creek Golf Course.
To be eligible for cash prizes, the fish have to be caught on the day of the fishing derby. All Idaho Fish and Game Department rules will apply.
Entry fee is $35. You must be a licensed Idaho fisherman. All legal methods of fishing apply on waters including all of Magic from slack water to the dam. The contest is open to all fish species in Magic.
Registration along with coffee and donuts takes place from 6:30-7:15 a.m. June 22 at the Dam Fools Clubhouse at West Magic. You must be present by 7 a.m. Contestants will be re-leased by 7:30 a.m. to fish.
Food like hamburgers and barbecue is included in entry fees and will be available at post-event weigh-in.
Cash will also be paid to the top fishermen in each division.
From entry fees, a donation will be made to Camp Rainbow Gold. Over $35,000 has been donated to the camp from the first eight years of the McClatchy, along with over $9,000 paid to winning anglers.
Contact Willy Cook 721-2658 or Jim McClatchy 720-0797.
John McClatchy, a native of Philadelphia who came to Sun Valley in 1978, was a skier, carpenter, fishing and hunting guide and heavy equipment operator. He died of cancer July 22, 2010 at the age of 55.
Last year, 111 anglers came out for the “Big Fish” derby. Buddy Isom of Hailey landed the $1,000 prize for his 3-pound, 8-ounce rainbow trout.
Other “Big Fish” winners for rainbow trout catches:
2011—Terry Heneghan, 2.75 pounds. 2012—Terry Heneghan, 3 lb., 2 ounces. 2013—Kyle Perry, 2 lbs., 12 oz. 2014—Mark Geske, 3 lbs. 1.2 oz.
2015—Frank Alloway, 3.95 lbs. 2016—Lyman Bridge, 4.2 lbs. 2017—Karel Kaiser, 3 lbs., 3 oz.