The 17th Annual Bill Yarlott Fishing Derby took place on Saturday, April 27. Cascade Lake was splattered with small boats and eager kids holding their fishing poles into the cold water. By 11 a.m. there were more than 30 kids who had checked in with Philip Miller to have their fish measured. Even Bill Yarlott’s grandson Brooks was in on the action this year.
The largest fish, hooked by Adrienne Coy was 18.75 inches. The average fish was 12 inches long. Prizes were donated by Orcas Outfitters, Kings Marine and Friends of Moran. At this fishing derby everyone gets a prize – whether it’s a fish or not.
The fishing derby is named after Yarlott because he was instrumental in stocking Cascade Lake when fish numbers began to decline. He was also influential in getting the first hatchery up and running. Miller had worked alongside Yarlott for many years to support getting kids out to fish. Miller continues the tradition for kids, Yarlott and Friends of Moran.
The Moran Creek Kokanee Hatchery is now located across the road from Cascade Lake. Visitors can see the small fry at the hatchery through the viewing window. The Friends of Moran consider the hatchery one of their important and ongoing projects to support the park and enhance the visitor experience.
Friends of Moran will have more information about the hatchery at the Summit Learning Center this summer. They are also making plans to hold tours for those who want to know more about the Kokanee and the hatchery process.