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May Long Weekend Gill and Gift  Rainbow Derby 2021

May 22-24 @noon

$75.00 entry fee

Net payout: 50,30,20


Do it for the kids!


Gill and Gift Family Pike minnow derby:

Kids derby will be held Saturday of the September long weekend

This year it is  on  September  4th 2021

Any government protocols will be adhered to so everyone stays safe.

 Call 250-229-2113 for more information



Thanksgiving Derby


Tickets $50 .00


 Sat - Monday noon  

derby by weight

Open to the main lake only




watch for information:


Nelson City Police Charity Derby

Woodbury resort

October weeikend after the Thanksgiving weekend

60.00 entry (retired members 30.00)

Cash for

 1st , 2nd , 3rd largest rainbow, largest dolly

derby by weight

great door prizes,

steak dinner  Sat. night

30.00 dinner only


Sorry NO New Years Lucky Larry Derby this year.

When there are more requests to have this fun derby again we will readdress the situation.

thank you for your past interest.




Easter Dolly Derby



winners :


KKen Welsh 78 cm


LLyndon Lee 72 cm


 Jaclie Giullis 71 cm


Kids :  Lachlan


 Holloway50.5 Cm



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 May 2021 Gill and Gift Open Rainbow Derby results below








































GIll & Gift Open Rainbow Derby May 2021

 Joe Sirak 1st place

David Soanes 2nd Place



Ian McFarlen 3rd Place


Your Prize Payout is as follows:

40 tickets sold at $75 each = $3000.00

As the entry was a little low, mainly due to travel restrictions, we have not taken any advertising expenses off the top, but have returned all the intake money to the 2021 derby winners.

Payouts were as follows:

1st Prize 50% -  $1500.00

2nd Prize  30% -   $ 900.00

3rd Prize 20% -   $ 600.00

We hope that next year the attendance will be back up to what it used to be in years past.

Congratulations to all our winners and thanks to all our entrants!

Randy Truus and Staff-Gill & Gift

 Congratulations to our Gift Certificate winners:

Best Western Kootenay Lake Resort 1 night Stay  and the Balfour Golf  Course golf for two was won by fisher Debbie Radcliff


The 50 $ Gill and Gift Certificates were won by Kevin Smith and Larry Wood



Thank you to the Best Western Kootenay Lake Resort and the Balfour Golf Course for donating our major draw.  Your generosity is very appreciated.


This picture submitted by Brad Werner april 2021 17 lb dolly 34 inches long caught in the main lake.  Congratulations Brad this is a dandy!

A Fishing and Huting message from the ministry:

Follow the rules, be smart, stay safe, and enjoy this activity when it can be done while in social isolation.  Happy fishing!                


May the holes in your net be smaller than your fish!


Fot Those of you who want to follow the ministry and any changes they may implement:

  If anyone has photos of their recent catch they would like to post email to zelonka@netidea.com with names and date, size, weight and where caught  and we would be pleased to post for you.



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Most recent fish picture


4-450 Ferry Landing Rd Balfour BC V0G1C0





         Good day and the latest update on the Fish Head Incentive Program

           First off the program continues to run through to end of May 2022 when we have
another Grand Prize draw for the Marlon boat package. 

 Youth are welcome to enter in this draws. 

            We just finished three draws which included. the Oct monthly draw for $1000 and the
mid program Grand Prize draws for the Coast fishing trip and ATV. 

               Oct $1000.00 Monthly prize winner was a youth named Joel Resch living in Canmore Alberta.
Joel is 13yrs old 
He entered his head at Gill & Gift depo 

              There were two draws made for Grand Prizes with first draw having first pick of the
Coast Springs Float lodge Winner
                Gordon Ogilvie from Wynndel BC. a seasoned fisherman on Kootenay lake that remembers
the good old days when we had 20 lbers 
Depo --Wynndel store. 

Polaris Sportman ATV. winner 

Larry Posnikoff. of Crescent Valley BC. also an avid fisherman 
Depo. - Gill & Gift 

Congratulations to all winners 

                    A media event has been scheduled for Friday Nov 12 @ 10am Main Jet Motor Sports in
Nelson BC. 

Summary of returns: for October 2021 

Gill & Gift. 228 

Woodbury. 169 

Crawford bay. 58 

Wynndel 186 

               This year 641. entries. with only 2641. entries to day so down considerably from
last year 

Last year 886. entries for Oct with a running total of 7269 

                 Last week we met with Ministry Fisheries staff to discuss status of fisheries on
Kootenay lake and what further action could be taken. 

                     Meeting was positive but no commitments by Ministry till after the expert meeting in
Two weeks. 

Have a good week 


1st place was Terry Stoochnoff with 11.3 lbs
Dolly second place was Mike Prystae with 4.7 lbs Dolly
 and 3rd Place was Dave Perversoff 4.56 lbs

The group Pic is Terry in the middle Mike to the left and Dave on the right.