Derby Round-up

The lakes are frozen — get your lines in!

Winter weather in the Adirondacks means ice fishing. Check out all of the great ice fishing contests going on this winter.

Ice fIshing
Ice fIshing


1st Annual Piseco Lake Ice Fishing Derby

The very First Annual Piseco Lake Ice Fishing Derby will be taking place on January 19th! From 6 am to 4 pm, cast your lines for Trout, Walleye, Salmon, and Perch. There will be prizes in each category for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Registration is $3 a person on the day of the tournament. All participants 15 and under are only $5 to register. Weigh in and registration will be held at the Poplar Point Campground on the Northwest end of the lake. This event is being sponsored by the Adirondack Fishing Junkies. 50% of the profits from the derby will be donated to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Ice fIshing
Ice fIshing

The Mike Norris Ice Fishing Derby

Happening on January 26 in Raquette Lake is the Mike Norris Ice Fishing Derby. Cast your lines and set your tips while you fish for lake trout, brook trout, perch, and salmon. Registration is $20 per person and you can register at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall starting at 6 a.m. Sponsored by the Raquette Lake Fish and Game Club, cash prizes and plaques will be awarded to the winners!


Ice fishing, Long Lake
Ice fishing, Long Lake

The Long Lake/Lake Eaton Ice Fishing Derby

Head to Long Lake on February 9 for the Long Lake/Lake Eaton Ice Fishing Derby. You can hit up Lake Eaton for landlocked salmon and trout, or head to Long Lake for northern pike. Registration is from 6-6:30 a.m. at the Geiger Skating Arena. In addition, ongoing registration is available from 7 a.m. on at the Long Lake Snack Shack near Long Lake beach, and the weigh station. The registration fee is $25 per person, with lines in from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be an awards ceremony at the Long Lake Diner with cash prizes, door prizes, and a 50/50 raffle. 

On Indian Lake Ice Fishing Derby

Get ready for the first-ever On Indian Lake Ice Fishing Derby! Check-in is Friday, February 22 at Byron Park Building from 4-8 p.m. or at the Indian Lake boat launch. The Derby begins on Saturday, February 23rd at 7 am and runs until 3 pm.The entry fee is $40 for advanced registration and $45 the day of the event, Sponsored by the Indian Lake/Blue Mountain Lake Fish and Game Association, there will be $45,000 in prizes in four categories: Lake Trout, Northern Pike, Brown Trout, and Landlocked Salmon. First place is $500 in each category, second place is $250 in each category, plus $1,500 in door prizes. Contestant registration numbers will be drawn for all prizes. Drawings are included in entry fee. 

Kids ice fishing
Kids ice fishing

Kids Fishing Derby

If you have kids under 15 that like to fish, check out the Kids Fishing Derby in Long Lake on March 2. Team up with your kid to reel in the biggest catch of the day. Registration will be held at Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena starting at 8:30 a.m., with tip-ups and lines in at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for pike, perch, and trout caught in Long Lake, Lake Eaton, or South Pond. Weigh-in will be at 3 p.m. at the Geiger Arena. 

 Don't forget about all the other great events going on around the Adirondacks this winter. Check them out!

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