Woodward Ice Fishing Derby Set for Saturday, February 3 – Cache Valley Daily
File photo of Van Woodward holding a trophy for the longest salmon caught in an ice fishing tournament.
WESTON – The Woodward Fishing Derby has added a new reservoir to the 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 city is located a 31-mile drive from downtown Logan.
They will be holding their 12th Annual Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, February 3rd, starting anytime in the morning until 4pm when prizes are given out. The tournament attracts people from all over Cache Valley.
“We 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 OK but access to some of the reservoirs is a little questionable. That’s why we added Devils Creek.”
Sportsmen can fish Weston, Deep Creek and Twin Lakes reservoirs, and this year Woodward added Devils Creek.
“In general, we have about 200 people participating in the tournament,” he said. “There is a $10 entry fee and there are some great prizes.”
For a city with a population of less than 500 people, when they can get 200 people in town, that’s a big deal.
“I just use the lakes around me,” he said. “They can move from one lake to another but can only fish in 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 salmon.
“If someone has a bad day and only catches a small fish on the rod, I give $50 for the smallest fish they catch on the rod,” he said. “We have up to 15 sponsors donating tournament prizes.”
Woodward’s has some great prizes for contestants. He buys fishing rods with some entry fees, and asks businesses to donate money and merchandise.
Participants must be present to win door prizes. They begin handing out prizes at 4:15 p.m
He said February is a great time for the tournament because it’s a boring month for outdoor players.
“The whole hunt is over, and unless you’re a hunter, there’s not much to doWoodward added. “This was a fun event for our city.”
An Idaho non-resident hunting license is required for out-of-state hunters. The cost is $15.00 for the first day and $7.00 for each successive day. The license can be purchased online or in store.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has sponsored 10 fishing tournaments in Utah, but none are in Cache Valley.