Thanks so much to these businesses for donating  some of the prizes this year.

Amandas Restaurant, Ainsworth Hot Springs, Ainsworth Motel, Balfour Beach Inn, Balfour Golf Course, Barrens Sport Shop, Balfour Auto Body, Bouganville Lodge, Rise Again Clothing, Coca Cola, Dollar Store Nelson, Erocs Meat Market, Figments, Gray Creek Store, Home Harware Nelson, Home Harware Kaslo, Hume Hotel, Hoofprint Graphics, Todd and Debbie Lindburg,Jones Boys Boats, Nelson Car Wash, Dog Patch Pottery, Crawford Bay Store, Jack Rilkoff, Kaslo Hotel, JB's Pub & Woodbury Resort, Kaslo Community Pharmacy, Kaslo Golf Course, Kaslo Sourdough, Kaslo Truck and Saw, Kokanee Park Marine, Kootenay Flyboards, Kootenay Co-op, Mountain Baby Kaslo, Mirror Lake Campground, Main Jet Motorsports, Mawsons Sports Creston, Natures Expression, Napa Nelson, Nelson Chrysler, Native Northwest, Nelson Ford, New Keys, OK TIres, Old World Bakery, Pacific Insight, Pepsi, Rockwood Cafe, Cedar Glen Campground, Grays Contracting, DDC Contracting,  Sweet Reapeats, Taylor Wilton, the Treehouse Cafe, West Arm OUtdoors Club,  Wyndel Market, Yack and Whack Hair, Blue Sky Clothing Co., Seapro Distributing and Shimano, Deep Blue Sales.  

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 Balfour Gill and Gift  Derby Goers below

Family Derby Picture2018


2018 Winners:   The first prize plaques are on the wall at Gill and Gift                                               

Catagory Name Size/Amount # overall Trophy won
Biggest Fish Team Kinnear 3.18lbs 1st
Biggest Family Fish  TeamMcAuley 2.57 lbs   2nd
Biggest Family Fish Team Morris 2.45 lbs   3rd
Most fish Team Johnson 12.75/ person 51 1st
Most fish Team Morris 11 per person 55 2nd
Most fish Team Ingram 9 per person 18 3rd
Grand Prize draw on the underwater camera was one by Tyler Kowalachuk of Ainswroth BC        
Note:  Winners are  decided upon how many brought in divided by how many on the team.
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Congratulations to our winners.
Congratulations also to all the kids and families who helped rid Kootenay Lake of an overabundance of coarse fish.
The Tally Board

These  Records show only Personal Bests over  50 fish or 2 lbs

Over 50 Club 2 & Over Club
Stepan Stanesic 343 2005 Joelle Lino Wiseman 4lbs 10oz 2007
Kyle Erickson 313 2008 Cole Stykle 3 lbs 3 oz2014
Doug Rilkoff 261 2005 Kyle Erickson 3.0 lbs 2006
Joelle Lino Wiseman 237 2010 Abbey Hagman 2lbs 15 oz 2006
Rachel Erickson 152 2011 Josh Blank 2 lbs 14 oz 2006
Tyler Simpson 129 2006 Stepan Stanesic 2lbs 13oz 2006
Ava Dixon 96 2011 Nicolas Gebhart  2 lbs 11 oz 2007
Cameron young 92 2009 Isabella Stykel 2 lbx 7.4 oz 2012
Casey Harrison 71 2006 Payton Fowler  2.9lbs 2016
Spensor Thast 54 2004 Hans Kroeber Family 2.85 lbs 2015
Ian Mayer 54 2012 Troy Palmer 2.85 lbs 2016
Ben Lemarquand 53 2005 Frank Fowler 2 lbs 7 oz 2007
Casey Harrison 50 2009 Farrah McCory 2.7 lbs 2016
Johnson Team 51  2018 Team Barker 2.62 2017
Morris Team 55 2018 Brooke Robertson 2 lbs 6 oz 2006
  Hayden Williams 2lbs 6oz 2008
  Blake Markin Hellekson 2lbs 6 oz 2014
  Brad Werner Family 2.57 lbs 2015
   Connor Robertson 2lbs 5oz 2007
  Barry Morris 2.5 lbs 2016
  Tyrell Hogg 2.5lbs 2016
  Josh Nephin 2.49 lb 2015
  Team Ingram/Marinez 2.44
  Duncan Urquhart 2lb 3 oz 2009
  Chesney Flux 2.36 lbs 2015
  Jaylene Rushton 2lbs 3oz 2011
  Isaiah Fee 2 lbs 2 oz 2004
  Alex Sutherland 2.2 lbs 2006
  Dean Johnson Family 2.2lbs 2015
  Cole Stykel 2lbs 1.5oz 2012
  Elias Martinez 2.14lbs 2016
  Team  Montpellier 2.11lbs 2016 + 2017
  Greg Elliot 2 lbs 1 oz 2004
  Eric Bollanott 2lbs 1 oz 2004
  Cameron Young 2lb 1 oz 22009
  Mike Mucha 2.0 lbs 2005
  Sarah Mc Auley 2.02lbs 2016
  Dustin Armstrong 2.0 lbs 2005
  Wayne MacLean 2.0 lbs 2008
  Maximus Berkly 2lb 2012
  Carter Huscroft 2.0 lb 2013
  Dillin Nephin 2.0 lb 2015
  2018 -Kinnear Team3.18
  2018 - McAuley Team 2.57
2018- Morris Team 2.45
  2018 Werner Team 2.32

Note: If we have missed anyone, please contact us and we will be pleased to add your information.   This year's winners in the Photo Gallery.

A special thank you ...

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their kind help and generous offerings towards our Annual Squawfish Derby. Without the products and help we receive we would be hard pressed to run this event each year.


We wish to extend our greatest thanks to our sponsors and volunteers of the 14th Annual Pike Minnow Derby. Participants and their families enjoyed this annual free event even more because of the support given by you.

THANK YOU to the Gill and Gift squawfish derby sponsors!
Westarm Outdoors Club, Ainsworth Motel Balfour Golf Course, Save on Foods Nelson, Jack Rilkoff, Cedar Glen Trailer Park, B. Gray Contracting, Balfour Beach Inn, Nelson and District Credit Union,  KC Gifts, Shimano/Deep Blue Sales, Pepsi Selkirk Beverages, Mermaid Lodge,Eric Etelemaki Holdings, Gray Creek Store, Crag Holdings Ice Cream, Dog Patch Pottery, Old World Bakery, Seapro Distributing, Coca Cola,  Ainsworth Hot Springs, Mausens Sports Creston,Wyndell Market, The Glass House, Destiny Bay Store, Crawfrd Bay Market, La Gula,  Balfour Superette, Crawford Bay Market, Buddy Boy Baits,Natures Expresion,Canada Safeways, Newkeys,  Wynndel Foods, Kokanee Park Marine, with special thanks to,Marcel and Renee Lino, Todd Lindburgh, and our staff and our family,(Brant Margaret and Krisiti) .You are all very appreciated -Randy and Truus


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Thank you,
Randy and Truus/Balfour Gill and Gift

Register for the 16th Pike Minnow Family Derby

(formerly called the Skuafish Deby )

to be held  on STURDAY SEPTEMBER 7th 2019

It is always the 1ST Saturday in  September


Get a team together and register at Gill & Gift 250-229-2113

Fish anywhere on Kootenay Lake and come in before

the last weigh in at 2:00


Gill and Gift opens at 7:30 am


Family BBQ

 Prizes for every child under the age of 15

lots of other  goodies too


Yes it is all FREE !

Open to everyone 0 & up

15 & under do not need a licence to fish see BC Regulations

Lets go sucker fishin'



















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