FISHING -- Anglers will be competing for more than $10,000 in cash prizes when Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club Spring Derby kicks off this weekend.
The annual event runs Saturday through May 1 with prizes in several divisions. The annual pin auction fundraising event for lake fisheries projects is Friday, 6 p.m., at the Elks Lodge in Ponderay.
The derby will pay cash for the top five rainbows including $2,500 for the biggest, and five places in the adult mackinaw division up to $1,200. Prizes also are awarded for the Mack of the Day, best largest brown trout, best photo and junior division competition.
“The lake has been chuck full of kokanee for the past few years and the Gerrard rainbows have been feeding well,” said Clint Nicholson, club spokesman. “This could be a year for the record books.”
Purchase derby tickets before fishing at North 40 Ponderay, White Elephant stores, Fins and Feathers, Ralph’s Coffee House, Rathdrum Drug, Sandpoint Marine, Pend Oreille Valley Sports, Priest River Hardware.