A file photo of Van Woodward holding a trophy for the longest trout caught at an ice fishing tournament.
WESTON – Woodward’s Fishing derby has added a new reservoir to Woodward’s Fishing Derby held on the first Saturday in February.
Woodward’s Country store is located at 42 E. Depot St. in Weston. The town is a short 31 miles drive from downtown Logan.
They are holding their 12th annual ice fishing derby on Saturday, Feb. 3, and it starts anytime in the morning until 4 p.m. when the prizes are given out. The tournament attracts people from across Cache Valley.
“We’ve added Devils Creek Reservoir to the derby this year,” said Van Woodward, owner of Woodward’s Country Store and sponsor of the fishing tournament. “The ice is okay but access to some of the reservoirs is a little suspect. That’s why we added Devils Creek.”
Sportsmen can fish Weston, Deep Creek, Twinn Lakes Reservoirs, and this year Woodward added Devils Creek.
“Generally, we have about 200 people enter the tournament,” he said. “There is a $10 entry fee and there are some great door prizes.”
For a town with a population of less than 500, when they can get 200 people in town it’s a big deal.
“I only use the lakes around me,” he said. “They can move from lake to lake but can only fish in the designated reservoirs.”
The longest trout wins first prize, a cash prize and a trophy. Cash prizes will also go to the second, third, fourth, and fifth longest trout.
“If someone has a bad day and only catches a tiny one with a hook, I give $50 to the smallest fish caught on a hook,” he said. “We have up to 15 sponsors that donate prizes to the tournament.”
Woodward’s has some great prizes for contestants. He buys fishing poles with some of the entry fees, and he gets businesses to donate money and merchandise.
Participants must be present to win door prizes. They start giving away prizes at 4:15 p.m.
February is a great time for a tournament because it’s a boring month for outdoorsmen, he said.
“All of the hunting is over, and unless you’re a trapper, there is not much to do,” Woodward added. “This has been a fun event for our town.”
A nonresident Idaho fishing license is required for out of state fishermen. It cost $15.00 for the first day and $7.00 for each consecutive day. The license can be purchased online or at the store.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources sponsored 10 fishing tournaments in Utah, but there are none in Cache Valley.