Saturday , 28 May 2022
Taylor Salzl, right, with her big catch. Another fisher measures their haul. Images: FishDonkey.

Anglers enjoy winter fun at Angling Lake for Pontiacs Ice Fishing Derby

The weather was the warmest all week–except for when it was much warmer the next day–but that did not deter over 60 anglers from descending onto Angling Lake for some winter fun, on a comparatively balmy -18 degree day.

The Bonnyville Pontiacs 2nd Annual Ice Fishing Derby showcased more kids to the event this time around with a special youth division. Although some competitors had to helped out of the snow, the day was enjoyed by many for the fundraiser.

Fishers were looking to win the big fish category and a stringer of three. Corey Blackmore pulled a northern pike of 29 inches, but it was a close race, coming down to a tiebreaker.

Kyle Thomson’s stringer of 85.50 inches made him a big prize winner as well.

Taylor Salzl was the winner of the youth’s Big Fish category with a catch of 28.25 inches. 


Big Fish winner: Corey Blackmore

Stringer of 3: Kyle Thomson

Big Fish (Youth Division):

  • Taylor Salzl,
  • Spencer Lobe,
  • Nicholas Locke,
  • Nate Lock, and
  • Hunter Cardinal.

Prize winners: Big Fish

  • -Kelvin Desjarlais
  • -Eleasha Lehr
  • -Kyle Thomson
  • -Kevin Rudell

Prize winners: Stringer of 3

  • -Corey Blackmore
  • -Kelvin Desjarlais
  • -Eleasha Lehr
  • -Jarl Groothuysen
  • -Danny Meier
  • -Justin Fontaine
  • -Colton Rudell
  • -Clay Charlton
  • -Craig Martin


About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.