Pateros Father’s Day Fishing Derby lands another success


Jennifer Ramirez, Okanogan, pointed out a big one cruising the tank for daughter, Elissa, three, while older sister, Olivia, nine, watched the action.

Three-year-old Emmett Zahn of Twisp, perched on the knee of dad, Chris, has a bird’s-eye view of the swimming trout.
PATEROS – The third annual Pateros Father’s Day Fishing Derby, last Sunday, June 18, started with youngsters trying to hook trout from outside the tanks and ended with them inside the tanks, using hands to grab what was left.

PATEROS – The third annual Pateros Father’s Day Fishing Derby, last Sunday, June 18, started with youngsters trying to hook trout from outside the tanks and ended with them inside the tanks, using hands to grab what was left.

The tanks were arranged along Lakeshore Drive in the Pateros Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and anglers from ages one to 15 years needed no license.

Youngsters from as far away as Spokane joined lots of locals in what has become a close-up and hands-on event as toddlers to teens tried their best to hook one or more of the 100 trout cruising the water in three galvanized stock tanks.

Jennifer Ramirez and daughters Elissa, two, and Oliva, nine, of Okanogan, was nearly eyeball-to-eyeball with the fat Wells Hatchery trout as she helped her girls direct a baited fishing rod over a likely looking candidate.

Chris Zahn of Twisp, had three-year-old son, Emmett, perched on his knee, as the pair tried to tag-team a trout into biting.

Kenadee Henton, three, of Pateros, wasn’t doing much fishing but was hauling around a net nearly as big as she was and waiting for the call “Fish on!”

Brian Ashmoore and granddaughter, Serana, six, were in town from Spokane and stopped by to try their luck at one of the tanks.

Sponsors again this year along with the Pateros Chamber of Commerce included Yancey’s Pateros Hardware, Brewster Ag Supply and Wells Fish Hatchery.

 

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