Big Fish Winter Derby March 2 & 3
by Pinedale Online!
February 25, 2013
The Pinedale Boat Club will hold their 2013 Big Fish Winter Derby on Saturday and Sunday, March 2nd and 3rd on Fremont Lake. The derby will be from 7AM to 4PM on Saturday and 7AM to 2PM on Sunday.
Derby headquarters for the event is Lakeside Lodge, on the south end of Fremont Lake, just four miles from Pinedale. (www.LakesideLodge.com, 307-367-2221, 1-877-755-5253). Each entrant must check in at derby headquarters prior to fishing each day.
As of the time of this article, Lakeside Lodge reports that the ice on the lake is about 3-1/2 feet thick and conditions on top are good.
Only fish freshly caught through the ice in Fremont Lake during the derby, and meeting the size limitations set forth in the derby rules and regulations, are eligible for prizes. All fish entered must be weighed-in and scored at Lakeside Lodge. No entries will be accepted after 4PM on Saturday or 2PM on Sunday and no frozen fish will be accepted. Officials decisions on weigh-ins and scoring shall be final and binding.
All entrants must have a valid 2013 Wyoming fishing license and conservation stamp in their possession during the hours of the derby. All Wyoming fishing regulations and creel limits applicable to Fremont Lake shall apply and will be enforced by Game & Fish personnel. Live fish bait is not allowed.
Entry fees for the Pinedale Boat Club Big Fish Winter Derby are:
Boat Club Members $20.00
(A single Boat Club membership is included in the price of non-member registration.)
Registration for the derby will be held on Friday, March 1st from 6-9 PM at the Corral Bar & Grill, 30 W Pine in Pinedale. Entrants also may register at the derby headquarters on Fremont Lake beginning at 6AM on the days of the event.
Prizes will be awarded on an hourly and daily basis for the biggest fish caught. The biggest fish will be determined by weight. The Daily Big Fish Grand Prize is $1,000. The Hourly Big Fish prize is $100. Prizes for lower places range from $200 to $400. The Youth Daily Big Fish prize (kids under 14 years of age) is $100 for 1st place. Second and third place prizes are for fishing gear.
Any fish entered in the derby is considered "reduced to possession" under the Wyoming fishing regulations, and cannot be released. Culling (releasing previously caught fish to maintain creel limit) is illegal and will result in disqualification. Anyone entering a lake trout 24" or longer in the Big Fish category may not enter another lake trout 24" or longer on the same day.
The daily big fish winner of the $1000 Grand Prize will not be eligible for the hourly Big Fish prizes, but may enter the Brown and/or Rainbow Trout Big Fish categories subject to creel limit provisions. Entries in the Hourly Big Fish category must be freshly caught and promptly entered. If no fish are entered during any hourly period, the second largest fish from the preceding hour will be awarded the current hourly prize. If the following hourly period again has no entries, the third largest fish from the prior hourly period will be awarded that hourly prize, and so on. In the event there are no prior entries, the hourly prize will accumulate and roll over until a winner is determined.
To enter, a fish must meet the following size requirements:
Lake Trout, 24" or longer
Brown Trout, 16" or longer
Rainbow Trout, 16" or longer
Fremont Lake is Pinedale’s water supply. Automobiles, trucks, and pets are prohibited on the ice, unless specifically authorized by Derby officials. Do not litter the lake, ice or adjacent area. Do not throw cigarette butts in the lake or on the ice. Entrants are expected to practice good sportsmanship and conduct themselves in a responsible and safe manner. Violation of the derby rules and regulations, or Wyoming fishing regulations, will result in disqualification and forfeiture of all prizes. Each entrant assumes all risks and liabilities. The Pinedale Boat Club disclaims responsibility for any and all personal injury or other liability that might occur as a result of participation in the derby.
For more information, call Kimberly at 307-367-2524 or 307-231-4764. Click here for the complete 2013 Pinedale Boat Club Big Fish Winter Derby rules and regulations (PDF).