A Sparwood local recently won $1,000 worth of prizes through the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program (KLAIP), while helping the endangered kokanee salmon in the process.
According to a press release from the BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF), Jared Domin won the prizes for predatory fish caught during a trip with his dad and uncle to Kootenay Lake.
Domin caught three bull trout and eight rainbow trout.
“I got them all in the boat, so it was my weekend,” he said.
Domin’s father ensured that they dropped off their trout heads at Woodbury Resort and Marina to enter the KLAIP draw, and Domin won the monthly prize of two $500 gift certificates from local businesses.
“This is the first time I’ve won anything in a really long time,” said Domin.
“When you live in a small community there just aren’t that many opportunities, so it was a really good day for me.”
The incentive program encourages anglers to harvest rainbow and bull trout in the main body of Kootenay Lake and then turn in the heads to local depots to enter a monthly draw for a prize worth $1,000. On top of the monthly prizes, this year’s grand prizes include a 2022 Ford F-150 with the off-road Tremor package and a 2022 Polaris side-by-side.
The citizen-driven initiative is meant to reduce the over-abundance of rainbow and bull trout in the lake and promote the recovery of their main prey, the endangered kokanee salmon.
There were 1,271 entries to the draw in the past month and 3,509 to date this year. Over the last three years, more than 13,400 trout have been pulled from the lake.
In order to enter, anglers need to bring an in-tact fish head (or full fish for Woodbury tissue sample) to one of the four return depos: Balfour Gill and Gift Gas Station, Woodbury Resort, Crawford Bay Market, or Wynndel Foods and Outdoor Gear.
KLAIP is managed by the local West Arm Outdoors Club with support from the BCWF, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, and several local merchants from around Kootenay Lake.