Fun, Fundraising and Fishing

Alameda's 22nd Annual Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, June 30! Mark your calendars and come join the festivities of this family-oriented day. The annual fishing derby is a key fundraising event of the Alameda Community Rink. It's fast becoming one of the biggest derbies in Saskatchewan.

 In the past, there have been over 300 entries. There is an adult division paying out $5,000 in prize money. The youth division includes any fisherman twelve years and younger. This division has six different money winners. As well, youth get to pick a prize!

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The day starts at 6 a.m. rain or shine at the Alameda Dam with a pancake breakfast at the Moose Creek Golf Course Clubhouse. Fishing commences at 8 a.m. from land or water. Fishing from shore is absolutely permitted. If you are not an early riser, bring the family out for an afternoon of fun and  relaxation.

Northern Pike is the species of fish everyone's angling for. Any fish brought to the official scale will be weighed by our weighmaster on the commercial digital scale and then released. No fish will be weighed after 4 p.m.

There have been fewer fish weighed the last few years as most of the fishermen have cellphones on the water and know the required weight a fish must be to qualify for prize money.

With each year, the weighing and releasing of the fish is being improved to aid the well being and conservation of the fish. There have been fewer fish weighed the last few years, as most of the fisherman have cellphones on the water and know the required weight a fish must be to qualify for   prize money.

With the fishing part of the day completed, the derby fun will continue at the newly-renovated Alameda Community Rink where you can have the opportunity to enjoy a “cold one” and a barbeque beef supper. The Oxbow Lions Club never fail to produce scrumptious melt in your mouth beef.

For the non-fishermen of the day, a large Chinese auction and raffle are available to participate in and anyone is encouraged to buy a supper ticket.

This year, all early bird adult entrants paid by June 11th will have a chance to win an iPad sponsored by Magnascape. The youth will have two chances to win as the Souris Moose Creek Wildlife Federation has purchased two bikes, one for the girls and one for the boys.

Youth entry is $35. It includes fishing entry, supper and a pick a prize.

Adult entry is $75. It includes fishing entry, supper and a chance to win at one of a hundred or more door prizes.

This event is a major fundraiser for the Alameda Community Rink with support from several communities and businesses, including the oilfield and agriculture sectors.

The derby committee makes every effort to ensure the safety, the success and the fun of all anglers, young and old. We provide assistance when both launching and coming in off the water.

This great family day proceeds or rain or shine. For tickets, call Alameda Agencies at (306)- 489-2258. For information, call Darin at (306)- 485-7493.

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