Children’s fishing derby builds hobby across generations

Parents and grandparents helped nurture a love of fishing and the outdoors on Saturday, May 1, during the annual Mount Si Fish and Game Club Children’s Fishing Derby, held on city ponds behind the Snoqualmie Police Station.

  • Tuesday, May 11, 2010 1:07pm
  • Life

Dad Josh and brothers Mick

Parents and grandparents helped nurture a love of fishing and the outdoors last Saturday, May 1, during the annual Mount Si Fish and Game Club Children’s Fishing Derby, held on city ponds behind the Snoqualmie Police Station.

Some of the young anglers, boys and girls, caught their first fish ever in the derby, a Valley tradition. Parents said the day helps get young people interested in the outdoors and pursuing an active life with their families.

“I fished in this derby in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s,” said Game Club President Gary Trussell of North Bend.

All that time fishing with his father developed his love for the sport.

“It probably kept me out of a lot of trouble,” Trussell said.

Dad Josh of North Bend brought his two sons Mick and Wyatt to catch their fish for a third year at the Ridge derby.

“It’s good for the kids — it gets them hooked,” Josh said. “We’re avid outdoorspeople. I’d like them to be interested in the outdoors. I’ve had fun, so I think they’ll have fun as well.”

Top catches

The following youths had winning fish at the May 1 Chidren’s Fishing Derby in Snoqualmie:

• Eric Boke, 14

• Brendan McCartney, 13

• Tanner Wilson, 12

• Kallin Spiller, 11

• Bren Knoll, 10

• Tyler Tsurusaki, 9

• Skilar Rose, 8

• Garret Kuchnhauser, 7

• Madelyn Mitchell, 6

• Preston Hanson, 5

One hundred and eight young anglers took part, catching 218 fish.

• Mount Si Fish and Game Club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at the the Fall City fire station, 4301 334th Place S.E.