Ice fishing derby starts this weekend

February 10, 2022   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

The Annual Island Lake Conservation Ice Fishing Derby gets underway this weekend where anglers will be finding their spot on the ice and dropping their lines in hopes of catching a prize-winning fish.

The derby is hosted by Credit Valley Conservation.

This year there is $2,500 in cash prizes.

Awards go to the those who catch the top three northern pike, largest yellow perch, and the largest black crappie.

Youth prizes will also be awarded to the top three longest fish of any species.

“We’re excited to bring the derby back to Island Lake this year,” said Yasmine Slater, park superintendent. “Ice fishing is a big draw this time of year and we expect a great turnout for the derby. Funds raised will support important work around the park.”

Registration for the derby is available online or by phone until February 20.

Participants can also register at the park’s rental centre until noon on the last day of the derby.

Registration is $10 for youth under 12, and $35 for adults. Daily admission to the park is not included in registration.

A valid Ontario Fishing License is required to participate.

A portion of the derby falls during Ontario Family Fishing Weekend, from February 19 to 21, and a fishing licence is not required on those days.

Services available during the derby include ice rod rentals, minnows, auguring of fishing holes, tackle and snack shop.

The Island Lake Conservation Area hosts two fishing derbies during the year. The annual bass derby is held in July and the ice fishing derby is held every February.

The derbies were established to help connect people to nature, showcase recreational opportunities, and raise funds to support projects that protect, restore, and enhance nature at the park.

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