Fishing Forever – Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Cottonwood Lake. This event is designed to accommodate folks with disabilities who would otherwise never get to enjoy the beautiful lake and possibly fish on it in a boat. Nelson Jubilee Manor and Mountain Lake Seniors Community each sent a busload of their residents with caregivers and some family members. Although the sun only shone briefly it did not rain! A very happy event for all. One elderly gent named Peter fished for a couple of hours in his wheelchair on the new dock (see below). After lunch the residents left with new Fishing Forever T-shirts and caps.
Attendance 94 guests and 16 volunteers……………total 112
Family Fishing – Sunday, June 15, 2014 at Cottonwood Lake. This event caters to kids with their parents. The kitchen was very busy providing lunch and for most of the day there were 10 or so boats on the water. Many kids went home with their first fish and fishing rod & reel sets. It must be said that many also went home wet due to the frequent showers!
Attendance 172 guests and 18 volunteers………….total 190
Grand total for the weekend 302 with no mishaps and generally poor weather.
There were 2000 Fraser system rainbows stocked on Monday, June 9th, mostly around 10 or 11 inches long. Thanks go to the province of BC (Jeff Burrows) and Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. Part of our angling licences provides the funding for the Freshwater Fisheries Society; it operates the fish hatcheries in BC.
The new dock was installed on Tuesday, June 10th, organized by Family Fishing Society and sponsored by HCTF (Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation). The funding for the dock came from anglers and hunters of BC as it is the conservation surcharge on their angling and hunting licences and tags that provides the funding for the HCTF.
Sponsors for this BC Wildlife Federation program include Family Fishing Society of BC, the province of BC, Habitat Conservation Trust foundation, A & W Nelson, Andex Rentals, and the Regional District of Central Kootenay.
Sincere thanks also to the volunteers who have made these events possible for eleven years!