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 SATURDAY FEB. 18, 2023  
 4:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

 Little Bay De Noc


Rules & Regulations!

Welcome to The Big Freeze Ice Fishing Derby!

PRIZES will be given to the top position(s) of each leaderboard category.

Awards are presented on the basis of length as determined and verified by tournament judges.

  • Grand Slam - measured by the total length of the 3 different species of fish

    • Walleye, Northern Pike, & Perch

  • Largest -  measured by length

    • Largest Northern Pike

    • Largest Perch

    • Largest Walleye

  • Stringer - measured by the total length of several fish

    • Stringer of 2 Northern Pike

    • Stringer of 4 Perch

    • Stringer of 3 Walleye

  • Wild Card - random winner

    • Wild Card Northern Pike

    • Wild Card Perch

    • Wild Card Walleye

  • Most "YOOPER" Ice Shanty - It's a shanty decorating contest, eh!

  • Door Prize(s) 

** The Big Freeze Ice Fishing Derby Boundary Waters Map includes Little Bay De Noc. **


All competitors are required to register for The Big Freeze Ice Fishing Derby, prior to check-in. 

(Register via FishDonkey App)

Tickets for the 2nd Annual Big Freeze Ice Fishing Derby are $89!

This includes: entry into the derby, a hoodie, a bump board, one drink and one meal ticket for the fishermen's dinner (following the competition), admission to the Fire & Ice Night: Chili Cook-Off & Delta County Search and Rescue Fundraiser Night (Friday Night at the Ruth Butler Building)....PLUS a chance to win prizes (including door prizes & wildcard drawings)!!

Check-in is located at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in the Ruth Butler Building on Friday February 17th from 5:00-8:00PM (EST).

At this time, all competitors will be required to sign a liability waiver. 

(Participants under 18 must have guardian's signature.)

** Register & enter hoodie size by February 1st to ensure that we have your correct size! **

Fishing begins on Saturday February 18th from 4:00AM - 2:00PM (EST).

All entries must be submitted before 2:00PM (EST) using the FishDonkey App.

Fishermen's Dinner will be catered by Wiles at 3:00 PM (EST) in the U.P. State Fairgrounds, Ruth Butler Building. 

The winners & prizes will be announced between 3:30 - 4:00PM (EST).

Contestants must be present, with a valid Photo ID in order to collect prizes. 

Beverages will include: Upper Hand Brewery beer, water, lemonade, hot chocolate, and coffee.

Choice of one beverage will be included with dinner. (Additional drinks can be purchased)

** All individuals consuming alcohol will need a valid Photo ID, to be served. **

There will be games & warming areas from 3:00 - 6:00PM (EST).


Have fun and FISH ON!

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