Small fish but big fun

The first weekend of June each year brings friends and families together for the Nisei Fishing Derby hat Jewel Lake.

Randy Uyeyama (left) and Willy Kakuno present the trophy from the Nisei Fishing Derby to Kaila McNeal on Sunday morning.

The 36th annual Vancouver Nisei Curling Club Fishing Derby was held at Jewel Lake under beautiful weather last weekend. It is rare that the event doesn’t happen in the rain.

The big fish stayed out of reach this year though, with the largest tipping the scales at just over 0.45 kg (one pound). Kaila McNeil landed that brook trout.

The results for 2014 are:


First: Kaila McNeil from Penticton – 1 pound .03 oz.

Second: Greenwood’s Boyd Higashi – 1 pound.

Third: Ben Yoshida from Vancouver – 12.3 oz.


First: Quinn Hasebe – 10.7 oz.

Second: Kodi Oye – 10.2 oz.

Third: Erin Uyeyama – 10.1 oz.

The derby takes place on the first Saturday and Sunday of June each year.