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Search & Rescue Ice Fishing Derby Results

The Beaverhead County Search and Rescue held its annual Stan Shafer Memorial Ice Fishing Derby Sunday January 16th at Clark Canyon Reservoir. The proceeds from the derby are used to support all the unit’s searches/ rescues throughout the year. It was a beautiful day with approximately 375 individuals scattered across the reservoir trying to catch the big money fish or at least get in the winner’s circle by catching the biggest ling or trout by weight. Tara Remely, derby chairperson, was ecstatic about the number of people that showed up to enjoy a great day of fishing and the number of S&R members that worked the derby. She thought this year’s derby came off without any hitches and was very successful. She also indicated it was great getting back to the derby this year after having missed it last year because of COVID 19.

This year’s ticket sales amounted to 950. Not all ticket purchasers go out and fish on derby day but buy tickets simply to support the unit in its yearly endeavors. We would like to thank all those fisherpersons and non-fisherpersons that purchase tickets. The ticket not only allows you to fish for money but also allows the individual to be entered into the door prize drawings which are drawn on derby day. This year there were 80 door prizes given away due to the generous donations we receive from businesses around the area. You can check with the individual that sold you your ticket as to whether you won something. We will also be contacting winners and have an evening you will be able to pick up your winnings at the S&R building.

Each year the derby sponsors 50/50 splits, we do a split the pot for every $500.00 worth the tickets sold. This year there were 4 splits.

50/50 Splits:

  • Mike McGinley Dillon, MT

  • Ken Scalzone Dillon, MT

  • Melissa Henderson Stevensville, MT Melissa Donated $50.00 back to BVHD SAR.

  • Josh Abraham Butte, MT

The derby pays out eight cash awards in the adult fishing contest and six cash awards in the kids’ contest. In the adult contest S&R pays on the 4 biggest trout and 4 biggest ling turned in by weight. In the kids contest we pay on the top 3 biggest trout and 3 biggest ling by weight. This year’s winners are:

Adult Contest:


o 1st Place- Haylee Holman Butte, MT 4 lbs. 15.1 oz. $400.00

o 2nd Place- William Peterson Butte, MT 4 lbs. 14.1 oz. $200.00

o 3rd Place- Joseph Lema Dillon, MT 4 lbs. 13.9 oz. $100.00

o 4th Place- Dale Smith San Diego, CA 4 lbs. 9.8 oz. $ 75.00


o 1st Place- Jeffery Queer Butte, MT 3 lbs. 14.9 oz. $350.00

o 2nd Place- Brett Nordahl Dillon, MT 3 lbs. 11.0 oz. $200.00

o 3rd Place- Hank Hagenbarth Glen, MT 3 lbs. 10.0 oz. $125.00

o 4th Place- Travis Capp Stevensville, MT 3 lbs. 5.2 oz. $ 75.00

Kids Contest:


o 1st Place- Max Hagenbarth Glen, MT 4 lbs. 3.0 oz $75.00

o 2nd Place- Matsyn Johnson Dillon, MT 3 lbs. 15.4 oz. $50.00

o 3rd Place- Treyton Rostad Helena, MT 3 lbs. 11.9 oz. $25.00


o 1st Place- Laiden Timm Eagle Mtn, UT 3 lbs. 0.6 oz. $75.00

On behalf of your Beaverhead Search and Rescue we would like to thank all the businesses and individuals that supported us with donations and ticket purchase for this year’s derby. Also, a hardy thank you goes out to all the S&R members who participated in one way or another putting on this fun event. It is a team effort. “In the Business of Saving Lives”, your Beaverhead SAR Unit.

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