Locals hooked on Valentine’s fishing — Lions Club derby raises over $10,000

It was a great time for fish tales as these three locals compare their stories and share tons of laughs over the weekend at the Lions Club derby. Left to right, Diamondville resident Dave Walder, Kemmerer resident Wes Miller and Lions Club Member Mark Ristau. // By Michelle Tibbetts

It was a weekend filled with valentine’s hearts and fish hooks at Lake Viva Naughton. Couples and singles alike traveled north of Kemmerer to the 37th annual Lions Club ice fishing derby. The annual event is the group’s largest fundraiser, which helps fund all of the club’s projects. This year’s event raised over $10,000 and the money will go to plenty of very good causes. Some of the causes they support include providing vision and hearing care for youths and elderly members of the community who cannot afford them; diagnostic youth vision care equipment for local child development organizations and community recreational development or upgrades. More projects are always on the horizon; stay tuned for news about a new project coming soon to the Kemmerer Community Kids’ fishing pond.

“There were a total of 42 fish measured over the weekend,” Mark Quinn, Kemmerer Lions Club president, said. “A slower year, where normally we see upwards of 60 to 90 fish.”

The event hosted 325 participants for the 2021 event despite the removal of the tagged fish prizes. Due to highly restrictive insurance policy options, the club decided not to have any tagged fish this year. It didn’t stop folks from coming out and supporting the popular event. The total prize payout was $4,850. Congratulations to all the fishermen, women and youth.

Overall Winners 2021:

Overall Big Fish: Preston Walker (Kemmerer) $1,000 with a 23 1/8” Fish

Women’s Overall Big Fish: Mandy Allen (Preston, Idaho) $150 with a 20 1/2” Fish

Youth Overall Big Fish: Tasker Bills $150 with a 19 1/2” Fish

Daily Winners 2021:

Saturday:

First Daily Big Fish: Levi Adams (Kemmerer) $300 with a 21 3/4” Fish

Second Daily Big Fish: Dean Dayton (South Weber, Utah) $200 with a 21 3/8” Fish

Youth Daily Big Fish: Dodge Rochelle $150 with a 19 1/4” Fish

Sunday:

First Daily Big Fish: Daniel Hankin (Diamondville) $300 with a 21 1/8” Fish

Second Daily Big Fish: Cory Dee (Layton, Utah) $200 with a 21” Fish

Youth Daily Big Fish: Brenden Sickler $150 with a 18 1/2” Fish

Hourly Winners:

Saturday:

8:00 Hour Adult: Brodie Douglass (Lyman) $100 with a 19 7/8” Fish

8:00 Hour Youth: Preston Purser $25 with a 19” Fish

9:00 Hour Adult: Levi Adams (Kemmerer) $100 with a 21 3/4” Fish

9:00 Hour Youth: Tucker Erickson $25 with a 19” Fish

10:00 Hour Adult: Preston Walker (Kemmerer) $100 with a 23 1/8” Fish

10:00 Hour Youth: Riley McQuiddy $25 with a 19” Fish

11:00 Hour Adult: Josh Haskell (Salt Lake City, Utah) $100 with a 20 1/4” Fish

11:00 Hour Youth: Dodge Rochelle $25 with a 19 1/4” Fish

12:00 Hour Adult: Dean Dayton (South Weber, Utah) $100 with a 21 3/8” Fish

12:00 Hour Youth: Tasker Bills $25 with a 19 1/2” Fish

1:00 Hour Adult: Corky Pollard (Kemmerer) $100 with a 20” Fish

1:00 Hour Youth: Bennet Pollard $25 with an 18 5/8” Fish

2:00 Hour Adult: Scott Dee (Layton, Utah) $100 with a 20” Fish

2:00 Hour Youth: Matthew Johnson $25 with a 17” Fish

3:00 Hour Adult: Rick Whitmore (Kemmerer) $100 with a 19 7/8” Fish

3:00 Hour Youth: Justin Benich Jr. $25 with an 18” Fish

4:00 Hour Adult: Lonnie Delzer (Roy, Utah) $100 with a 20 7/8” Fish

4:00 Hour Youth: Edward Francis $25 with an 18 5/8” Fish

Sunday:

8:00 Hour Adult: Daniel Hankin (Diamondville) $100 with a 21 1/8” Fish

8:00 Hour Youth: Jeremiah Weyer $25 with a 17 1/2” Fish

9:00 Hour Adult: John Povsche (Diamondville) $100 with a 19 1/2” Fish

9:00 Hour Youth: No Youth Fish Turned In

10:00 Hour Adult: Garth Bebinger (Kemmerer) $100 with a 20 3/8” Fish

10:00 Hour Youth: No Youth Fish Turned In

11:00 Hour Adult: Dean Dayton (South Weber, Utah) $100 with a 20 1/2” Fish

11:00 Hour Youth: No Youth Fish Turned In

12:00 Hour Adult: Ruben Reyes (Green River) $100 with a 19 1/4” Fish

12:00 Hour Youth: Brenden Sickler $25 with an 18 1/2” Fish

1:00 Hour Adult: Cory Dee (Layton, Utah) $100 with a 21” Fish

1:00 Hour Youth: No Youth Fish Turned In

2:00 Hour Adult: Rick Lucero (Green River) $100 with a 19 3/8” Fish

2:00 Hour Youth: Brenden Sickler $25 with a 17 7/8” Fish

3:00 Hour Adult: Mandy Allen (Preston, Idaho) $100 with a 20 1/2” Fish

3:00 Hour Youth: No Youth Fish Turned In

4:00 Hour Adult: Tie - Rob Polanski (Kemmerer) $50 & Daxton Manco (South Weber, Utah) $50 each with a 19 1/4” Fish

4:00 Hour Youth: No Youth Fish Turned In

Final Youth Payout

Given that there were several hours during which no Youth Fish were turned in, the remainder of the youth hourly prizes were split evenly for payout among all of the youth participants who turned in measurable fish.

Preston Purser: $20

Jeremiah Weyer: $20

Tucker Erickson: $20

Edward Francis: $20

Rylie McQuiddy: $20

Bennett Pollard: $20

Matthew Johnson: $20

Justin Benich Jr.: $20

The above information is also available at https://kemmererlionsclub.org/ice-fishing-derby

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