LCI Fishing Derby Quickly Approaching

Published 06/11 2014 04:37PM

Updated 06/11 2014 06:54PM

MALLETTS BAY, Vt. - We're just days away from the start of a Lake Champlain tradition, Lake Champlain International’s Father's Day Fishing Derby.

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Brothers Alex and Ethan of Williston may not be the best fishermen on the lake, but they hold their own.

"We caught some bowfish," seven year old Ethan said. "Where we caught 'em, you just go into a river and you catch 'em easy,” he added.

The boys learn from their father, Brad, who says time with his sons is invaluable.

"Oh it's fun to hang out with the boys and go out on the lake and enjoy the time with them," he said. "Just as my father did with me."

Come this weekend, Lake Champlain International's 33rd annual Father's Day Fishing Derby will attract many more generations of anglers.

"One of the neatest things for me is to see three or four generations of one family all sitting in a boat together having the time of their life,” LCI Outreach Director Eric LaMontagne said.

The Saturday through Monday derby is a celebration of family, friends, and fishing, says LCI.

"Lake Champlain is incredible, it’s an amazing resource and we want to really highlight that and show people what we have right here,” LaMontagne said.

The weekend derby attracts thousands of anglers from around the country, but it’s about more than fun. It also has a big impact on the local economy.

"We love seeing these folks coming in, visiting the local businesses, visiting the local shops, spending their time in the communities as well,” LaMontagne added.

Fisherman can reel in some big rewards too.

"Be giving out almost two hundred thousand dollars in cash and prizes, we have our biggest boat prize ever," the Outreach Director said.

The biggest prize of all, says LCI, is a clean lake. All of the money raised goes towards ensuring Lake Champlain is still fishable, swimmable, and drinkable so in the future Alex and Ethan can cast a line with their own kids.

You can register for the derby through Friday. Click here to learn more.

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