Friday, July 22, 2011

Catch a fish at the McClatchy Memorial derby

Take part in a fishing derby Saturday, July 23 at Magic Reservoir south of Bellevue and you'll be honoring the memory of a Wood River Valley man who just loved to fish.

He was John "Big Fish" McClatchy, who died of cancer at age 55 a year ago today, on July 22, 2010. A Philadelphia native, McClatchy came to the valley in 1978 and became an avid skier while working as a carpenter and heavy equipment operator. Mostly, McClatchy enjoyed fishing.

McClatchy's friends and fishing enthusiasts with Idaho licenses will gather Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for open fishing on all of Magic Reservoir from slack water to the dam. The clubhouse will be open and coffee fired up starting at 6:30 a.m.

All anglers ($30 entry fee) must be present for check-in at West Magic Dam Fools Clubhouse by 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The post-derby barbecue will be at Dam Fools Clubhouse, after the 1 p.m. weigh-in. There will be a big prize for "Big Fish," plus second and third places in the same category.

Organizers Willy Cook (721-2658) and Jim McClatchy (788-3542) said a donation from the John McClatchy Memorial Fishing Derby will be made to Camp Rainbow Gold/American Cancer Society.

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