Another record-setting LCI Father's Day Derby presented by Yamaha is in the books after a spectacular three-days of fishing. The derby, celebrating its 29th year of family, friends, and fishing, brings generations of anglers from over 25 states to Lake Champlain.
Although thunderstorms popped up all over the lake during the weekend, fishing on Lake Champlain has never been better and our weigh station results can prove it. Among the over 1,100 fish weighed in, there were several impressive fish, including a 28.19-pound catfish, 18.9-pound sheepshead, 8.35-pound walleye, and a 4.91-pound smallmouth bass. However, none was more impressive than the record-setting 16.77-pound lake trout caught by Dana LaDuke of Bomoseen. The trophy laker will net LaDuke more than $60,000 in cash in prizes.
Overall, LCI anglers will take home nearly $400,000 in cash and prizes including three boats valued at $18,166 each for the top T.E.A.M.'s in each division, 10 Starcraft jon boats, 7 Yamaha engines, 7 Bear Creek canoes, and merchandise and gift certificates from over 140 sponsors and local donors. To see final unofficial results of the derby please visit www.mychamplain.net/fishing-derbies/29th-annual-fathers-day-fishing-derby/results.
The great fishing has also pushed derby participation higher than it has been in years. The derby surpassed the 2009 number of participants, 5,501, with an unofficial number of anglers of over 5,700. This is wonderful news, not just for Lake Champlain International, Inc., but for local businesses whose sales skyrocket with the number of anglers and their families in the area during the derby.