Lions Ice Fishing Derby attracts 78 competitors

Gary Jones takes first prize

The weather was chilly, but the sun was shining and the ice on Pavilion Lake was thick enough on Sunday, Feb. 5 for the Lillooet Lions Second Ice Fishing Derby.

Gloria Hutson reported 78 competitors signed up for this year's derby down a bit from last year's number, but still enough for a spirited competition.

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The $300 first prize was won by Gary Jones of Lillooet. Second-place went to Tony Sam of Lytton, who won $200 as the runner-up. The third place $100 prize was won by another fisher from Lytton, Charles Brown. Prizes were awarded in several other categories and raffle prizes were also won.

The ice on the lake was between 12 and 18 inches thick. Because there was no snow on the lake, the icy surface created some unusual vistas as the participants appeared to be walking in the lake.

This was the third weekend in a row that Pavilion Lake played host to an ice fishing derby.

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