The Charlie Ferguson Memorial Fishing Derby was started by Marilyn and Roger LaPierre in 1982 to honor Charlie Ferguson.
His son, Gale (Ferg) and the Ferguson family continue the tradition today. When asked about the history of the derby, Ferg wrote the following:
The original intent of the derby was to promote a day or two of "family fishing" like Charlie always provided for the kids in the neighborhood.
Rock bass were selected as they are so plentiful it's impossible to really impact the population. They are easy to catch (great entertainment for the kids) and their numbers must consume tremendous amounts of food which the regular bass, rainbows and lake trout compete for. Sunfish which are also numerous, easy to catch and colorful are specifically promoted as catch and release to again provide easy fishing for the kids.
Thank you to Ferg for this year's photographs.