Fishing derby set for Jan. 26 at American Falls Reservoir

POCATELLO — A fishing derby running 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at Sportsman’s Park on the west side of American Falls Reservoir near Aberdeen features a $500 first-place prize for the largest trout and a $250 first-place prize for the largest perch.

The derby is sponsored by the Portneuf Unit of the American Fisheries Society, a student-run organization at Idaho State University. The derby is a fundraiser for the group.

There is a $35 per person entry fee. Online registration is available at Participants should email or call 208-520-3902 if they are planning to participate to ensure their registration is received and accepted.

Mail-in registration is accepted, but must be received by the chapter by Jan. 21 Call before using mail-in registration to ensure spots are available. Online registration is preferred. Registration will be accepted the day of the event, but will be capped at 100 entrants. Registration is first-come, first-served.

In the trout category, there will also be a $250 cash prize for second and a $150 cash prize for third. Second place in the perch category is $100, and third place is free entry into next year’s derby.

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