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Trail Blazers: Big Fish Tales

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives
Eddie Pacholko, 12, shared his fishing wisdom with the Trail Times circa September 1968. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Are you dreaming of the day you can tell your own not-so-tall tale about hooking a prize fish?

Then you may have a chance to make the fish tale a reality in the Christina Lake Fishing Derby this weekend.

Sarah Benson-Lord, Trail archivist, has a little inspiration for all you hopeful derby goers.

Featured in the Sept. 9, 1968 edition of the Trail Times was 12 year-old Eddie Pacholko of Columbia Avenue.

Carrying with him his 21-inch rainbow trout, Eddie walked right into the Trail Times office to show off his catch, even boasting, “You should have seen the one I caught yesterday!”

A student of Laura J. Morrish School and fishing for four years at the time, Eddie told Times staff, “I just go down to the wharf at Trail and throw in the hook. It takes a minute for the fish to bite, but a bit longer to get them in. My dad’s a fisherman, but he does not catch as many fish as I do.”

If you are interested in the derby, the Christina Lake Stewardship Society has all the registration information for Saturday’s (May 27) event on the society’s Facebook page.

“Do you feel like boasting a bit about your own hauls?” Benson-Lord asks. “Share photos of your biggest catch in the comments! Rulers for scale are always appreciated!”

The Christina Lake Stewardship Society is a nonprofit charitable organization that was established in January of 2001 (committee est. 1994). The mandate of the society is to maintain the quality and health of the Christina Lake Watershed.

The office is located in the Christina Lake Living Arts Center (Welcome Centre). There is an interpretive gallery as well as the public resource library that has many reports, maps and data for the Christina Lake Watershed. The gallery contains various wildlife and nature themed exhibits, an area for kids to learn and colour, a beautiful mural as well as information on invasive species, area ecology and how to live and play safely around wildlife and in the environment.

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