SWANVILLE — There were plenty of fish tales that came from the Belfast Area High School Boosters Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19-20 and many of them were true — especially the 10.94-pound togue (lake trout) Chris Knight brought through the ice.

Fishermen of all ages and experience drilled holes and dropped lines on Swan Lake to catch fish and raise money for the high school.

The final fishy leaderboard showed:

Salmon — 1, Logan Vaillancourt, 2.17 lbs; 2, Tanner Smith, 1.90 lbs; and 3, Tracey Parsons-Landry, 1.40 lbs.

Trout (brook trout) — 1, Galen (last name unavailable), 1.35 lbs; 2, Alivia Hills, 1.09 lbs; and 3, Hunter Knight, 1.01 lbs.

Togue (lake trout) — 1, Chris Knight, 10.94 lbs; 2, Austin Parker, 3.85 lbs; and 2, Hunter Knight, 3.77 lbs.

Scott Cournoyer, one of the event’s organizers, said the Belfast Soup Kitchen also accepted fish from the derby for donation.

Sarah Cournoyer weighs a fish. Photo courtesy of Scott Cournoyer

“Definitely a successful fundraising event,” he said. “Lots of great comments from fishermen and happy to report we did get multiple fish donated to Belfast Soup Kitchen, which were cleaned and vacuum-sealed by volunteers and delivered … Also a great learning experience for students as our Belfast [Area] High School science teacher David Thomas took each opportunity at weigh-in to teach a little something to student volunteers about the fish and other related topics.”

Cournoyer thanked sponsors, Swanville officials for allowing the group to use the town office for a weigh-in station, and volunteers Chase Weaver, Kendra Woods, David Thomas, Judson Thomas, Sarah Cournoyer, Deb Cournoyer, Bob Hatch and Beth Hatch.

Judson Thomas, left, and Kendra Woods update the fish leaderboard. Photo courtesy of Scott Cournoyer

The weigh-ins were at the Swanville Town Office. Tickets to enter the raffle prize drawing were $5.

The fish categories were salmon, togue and trout. The prizes are $100 for first, $75 for second and $50 for third.

Prizes for the raffle drawing included ice fishing gear, 50 gallons of heating oil and hundreds of dollars in gift cards to area businesses.

Chase Weaver weighs a fish. Photo courtesy of Scott Cournoyer

The grand prize was a “Stealth Spearfisher Thermal” pop-up fishing tent, with a retail value of $500-$650, while the second grand prize is a three-hour fishing trip, valued at $300, on Penobscot Bay by Water Dog Charters.

MaineStay Media/VillageSoup sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com. 

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