The Second Annual Trout 4 Treven fishing derby was held at Cooper Creek Reservoir on Sunday, Oct. 2.

Even though the forecast had called for rain, weather conditions overall were near ideal for trout fishing.

The derby was attended by about 100 people. Families and friends lined the banks around the dam and got their boats in the water in memory of Treven Anspach. Anspach is remembered dearly by his family, friends, and surrounding community.

Jordan Humphreys, an organizer of the event and teacher at Oakland High School, had this to say about how the first derby was started: “Treven loved fishing. Some of his friends were planning on going fishing with him that weekend.”

While some of the children at the derby may have been young enough to not know why everyone was going fishing that Sunday, it was clear that even the younger children present were already feeling the joy of fishing.

Proceeds from the derby will be given to the Treven Anspach Memorial Scholarship.

The lake had been stocked heavily earlier in the week. According to the ODFW, 4,000 legal-sized rainbow trout were stocked in Cooper Creek Reservoir for the derby. These fish were donated by Cole’s River Hatchery and Desert Springs Trout Hatchery. Cole’s River Hatchery also donated 500 trophy-sized rainbow trout (more than 16-inches) for the event.

The derby gave away hourly prizes this year instead of overall prizes as it did last year. Prizes were not just for the largest fish every hour, but the smallest as well. The youngest participants still had as much of a chance as the experienced anglers of going home with a prize.

Prizes were donated by Cabela’s and Bigfoot Beverages.

Fishing was best early in the event. Around 10 a.m., the sun was on the water ,and the bite continued, but it did slow significantly for many anglers. However, at least one family of three still pulled in about 10 sizable trout during the last two hours of the derby.

The largest fish of the derby was 18 ¼-inches and the smallest fish recorded was four inches. Most trout that were landed ranged between 12-inches to 16-inches. A number of smaller trout were also frequently caught by shore anglers using lighter gear.

The best results were had by anglers with boats that were slow trolling. PowerBait was a productive attractant for anglers whether they were on shore or on the water. Keep in mind that most of the fish being caught were not used to hunting their food, making the almost stationary and scented target of PowerBait particularly attractive.

Most hook-ups started with a sizable hit and ended with a landed trout. However, there were also some trout that built some suspense by nibbling more than biting. Occasionally fish were managing to shake free of the hook, but adults and children alike had success reeling in the trophy-sized rainbows.

David and Marie Cozine of Glide went home with nine trout in their bag. Two more trout that were a bit smaller that their average 15-inch trout were released by the Cozines. The Cozines also attended the First Trout 4 Treven Fish Derby. “As long as they’re doing it, we’ll be here,” stated David Cozine.

Humphreys said, “Organizing the event was a collaborative effort between the student councils at Oakland and Sutherlin High.”

Proceeds from the derby will be given to the Treven Anspach Memorial Scholarship.

families fishing from dock.
Provided by Vladimir Sovyyak / Mainstream