Jameson Lake Resort holds Father’s Day Fishing Derby

By Adrienne Douke
Empire Press Correspondent

Jameson Lake Resort co-owner Julie Day with the first and second place winners of the Father’s Day Fishing Derby June 16. They are Drew Greninger, at left, who took second and Robert Weaver, at right, who took first. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

Jameson Lake Resort hosted a Father’s Day weekend of activities with a fishing derby June 16 and a pancake breakfast the following morning.

Approximately 15 anglers participated in the fishing derby. Those who wished contributed towards a jackpot for cash prizes awarded at the end of the derby.

The resort, about nine miles from Mansfield, is well known as the “Home of the Fighting Rainbow Trout.” So far this summer, two 9½-pound trout have been hooked out of the lake.

This year’s fishing derby winner was Robert Weaver of Waterville, who snagged a 1½-pound trout and won $70.

“If you want to catch good fish, come to Jameson Lake,” Weaver said.

Terry Nelson is the third place winner in the Jameson Lake Father’s Day Fishing Derby. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

Second place winner Drew Greninger of Moses Lake reeled in a 12-ounce trout, winning $40. Third place winner Terry Nelson of Mansfield caught an 11-ounce trout and received a $25 gift certificate.

Resort owners Jerry and Julie Day just received news that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has extended the fishing season this year through the summer to Oct. 31.

“So we’ll be open all summer and part of the fall,” Julie Day said.

Internet services were recently installed at the resort “so we are connected now,” Day said.

June 30 is the last day the restaurant will be open this year.

“We are closing the restaurant June 30, but we will still do family reunions and birthdays, and consider reservations,” Day said.

Even though the restaurant will be closing, the lake will still be open for camping and recreation.

“We have kayaks and a paddle boat for rent, and the lake is super clean and beautiful for swimming and watersports,” Day noted. “Fishing from the bank is free and there’s a no cost boat launch.”

“And the mosquitoes aren’t that bad this year,” Day said.

For more information, contact the resort at 683-1929 or visit its Facebook page.