Fishing enthusiasts get ready because competition is about to heat up at the 14th Annual Ice Fishing Derby hosted at Island Lake Conservation Area in Orangeville. The event, held in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), Credit Valley Conservation Foundation and the Friends of Island Lake (FOIL), runs from February 10 to 19, 2024.
Participants can complete for up to $2,500 in cash prizes in the adult category, including big catch prizes for the top three Northern pike and the largest yellow perch and black crappie. Youth prizes are available for the top three longest fish of any species. Participants who register before February 9 at noon are also eligible for the early bird prize, an individual Credit Valley Parks Pass.
Competitors can register online or by phone until February 18. Registration will also be available at the park’s Rental Stop until noon on February 19. The adult category is open to anyone 13 years of age or older and tickets are $35. The youth category is open to those 15 years of age or younger and tickets are $10. Daily admission to the park is an additional fee.
A valid Ontario Fishing Licence is required to take part in the event. A portion of the derby falls during Ontario Family Fishing Weekend, from February 17 to 19. A fishing licence is not required on those days only. Ice rod and ice hut rentals are available, as well as minnows at the Rental Shop.
Island Lake Conservation Area hosts two fishing derbies throughout the year, one in the summer and one in the winter. These events help connect people to nature, showcase recreational opportunities and raise funds to support projects that protect, restore and enhance nature at the park.
For more information or to register for the Ice Fishing Derby, visit IslandLakeDerby.ca.
If you’re unable to take part but want to support FOIL and Island Lake Conservation Area, you can donate online.
About Credit Valley Conservation
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. Our watershed is defined by the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge, and action. We inspire a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.