FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The riding of Prince George- Mackenzie won the inaugural Shake Off The Blues Northern MLA Ridings Ice Fishing Challenge with a total of 1,179 points. Peace River North finished third with 688 points.

The tournament was hosted by Anglers Atlas, a resource website for detailed maps and related local content in the world of fishing. The website used its new mobile app MyCatch to record scores.

Peace River North MLA Dan Davies says he’s already thinking about next year’s tournament.

“One of the things I’m looking forward to is, how do we get first place next year,” says Davies.

While Davies admits the riding of Prince George- Mackenzie has a wealth of fishing spots, he quickly pointed out Peace River North had several category-bests.

The riding recorded 36 catches between 22 members. Four out of the top five longest Northern Pike came from the riding, and four out of the top five longest Lake Trout.

Stephen Wile caught a 115.5 cm Northern Pike and Joseph Johnston reeled in a 100.3 cm Lake trout. Josh Johnston took the total fish species with 4 different species, including a 46.3 cm Rainbow Trout.

Davies says considering the tournament was held during a pandemic, it was well-received. Davies expects next year’s tournament to be even bigger.

“The hope is next year, we get more people, more prizes, and maybe even attract some more ridings to get the entire North involved.”

The original plan was for the winning riding to get a large chunk of the prize winnings, which would be donated to a charity in that riding. Davies says the plan was changed so that every riding got prize money to donate. Davies’ charity of choice is the Women’s Resource Society.

“We’re in the middle of this pandemic, and I know they are being pushed right to the limit. I’m sure they can use any support they can get.”