40th Annual Ice Fishing Derby Rules & Regulations
1. The Official Derby Headquarters is the VFW, on the corner of Route 78 and River Lane, in Swanton. The building is on the village side of the Missisquoi Dam.
2. All fish must be registered in one of the six weigh-in stations: Martin’s General Store*, Highgate Springs; Hog Island Market*, West Swanton; Harborside Harvest Market, North Hero; Keeler’s Bay Variety, South Hero; Lakeshore Ace Hardware, Colchester and J&S Fisheries, St. Albans. The above * locations are weigh equipped to accommodate “Catch & Release” fish as well as having a bump board. The location with complete up to date standings is Martin’s General Store. (802-868-4459)
3. Weigh-in times vary at each location based on each location’s hours of operation. The Derby will officially close on Sunday at 3 p.m. After this time, no fish may be weighed in.
4. Prize winners will be announced at 6 p.m. on Sunday night at the Derby Headquarters.
5. Tickets are $25 US Funds. All tickets must be purchased by Midnight, or end of business hours at individual locations, on Friday, Feb. 7.
6. Every fish entered must be freshly caught and becomes property of the Derby.
7. Derby judges will have final approval of all fish.
8. All participants must have a ticket-holding witness.
9. Any number of fish may be entered by one individual, but only three fish may be weighed in and entered into the Catch & Release drawing per ticket holder.
10. All prizes and awards are based on the weight of the fish entered. There are seven categories: Northern Pike (5lb minimum), Walleye, Lake Trout, Salmon (Brown Trout), Pickerel, Perch and Other (Ling, Bowfin, Hybrid, etc.)
11. The boundaries for the Lake Champlain Island’s Fishing Derby run from the Canadian Border between Alburgh and Highgate Springs, and from the South side on the Inland Sea to the Burlington-Port Kent ferry route. On the West side of the Islands, the boundary runs from the Canadian Border south to the Burlington-Port Kent ferry route. The New York State Line forms the Western boundary.