2020 fishing derby sponsors
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Strathcona Memorial Park Cottage Owner's Association
Al and Adele Young
Kate Lewis and Henry Fast
Chris and Satu Speelman
The Pelican Campground & Lounge
Guild Insurance Brokers Inc.
Chapman Motors Ltd.
Brandon Radiator & Auto Service Ltd
Pugh's Sand & Gravel Ltd.
Canadian Tire Gas Bar Brandon #1890
Phil and Marie Jensen
Killarney Pharmacy Ltd.
E & J Live Bait
D. J. MacDonald Livestock Ltd.
Hidden Valley RV Park
Murray Chrysler Westman
Central Assiniboine Watershed District
Brandon Shoppers Mall
Greenvalley Equipment Inc.
Steads Farm Supply
Jeff & Donna Wytinck
Matt & Kaeleigh Vodden
Nick & Brennley Vodden
derby day info
The Healthy Lake Committee will be hosting our 7th annual ice fishing derby in the northern basin of Pelican Lake on Saturday, March 7, 2020. Entry fee is $35 if you pre-register, or $45 on the day of the derby, and kids 15 and under are free. Those participants age 15 and under who wish to compete against adult derby participants for the main prizes must pay the regular adult entry fee. Those age 15 and under who fish for FREE in the junior category will be eligible for Junior Angler prizes. Derby day: Check-in is at 8:00 am and will be located on the ice just off the Terry Fox Park parking lot in Ninette, MB.
Fishing will be from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm with prizes to be awarded after that. Hot lunch and beverages will be available for purchase. Please bring your own 5 gallon bucket (or similar container) to transport live fish to the measuring station. Holes will not be pre-drilled, however if you have no means of drilling a hole we are going to try to have a few volunteers on hand with augers to drill holes for participants if needed. We are pleased to announce that our top prize for the longest fish caught in the Adult (paid) Category this year will be a 2020 Can Am Outlander 450 ATV!
We encourage everyone to pre-register as it makes the derby run much more smoothly. Each participant including those 15 and under must be registered separately. If you pre-register AND pay before March 2nd (in Adult Category) you will be entered into the early bird draw to win a Frabill HQ100 Ice Fishing Shelter valued at $299!
If you pre-register online, you will receive your derby ticket by email. You may choose to print your ticket and bring it to the derby to by-pass check in. You must have your printed ticket with you when you bring a fish to the measuring station, and when you are claiming a prize. Each person registered (including 15 and under) will have their own unique derby ticket emailed, and must have it with them. We will also have a printed copy of every ticket at the derby if you choose to check in on derby morning to pick up your ticket instead of printing it. We will be handing out our usual swag bags at check-in.
PRIZES: The grand prize will be awarded to the longest fish caught overall in the adult category. Then, 1st place will be awarded in each of the other two fish species categories. This will continue with 2nd place across all fish species categories, 3rd place, and so forth. This process will continue until all fish caught have been awarded prizes, or until all prizes have been awarded. In the event of a tie in length, the fish measured first will be awarded above the fish measured second, and so forth. If any prizes remain after all fish caught have been awarded, they will be given out by a random draw. Your random draw prize ticket is attached to your derby ticket; you are responsible for putting your draw ticket in the bucket at the derby if you are going to be in attendance for the random draw.
All proceeds will go towards the Healthy Lake Committee’s current and future aeration projects in Pelican Lake. Bring out the entire family for a fun day of fishing!
Be sure to read the Rules and Regulations below for further important information about how the derby is run.
Any questions? email or call 204-727-4700
Rules and Regulations
The contest is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Pelican Lake. Only fish caught during these times will qualify. Registration will begin at 8:00 am in the parking lot of Terry Fox Park in Ninette, Manitoba.
Manitoba Fishing regulations in effect. Anglers must have a valid license or treaty card and all entrants must use a barbless hook. If any derby official should find an entrant fishing in violation of these regulations, that person will be disqualified from the tournament.
Online pre-registration is available at with the option of online payment. Pre-registration cut off is 12:00 pm on Friday, March 6, 2020. In order to be entered into the ‘early bird’ draw, you must register in the adult category and have PAID your fee by the end of day, March 2, 2020.
All derby fees are non-refundable.
As per Manitoba Competitive Fishing Event Regulations, if the Derby is cancelled, the derby prizes will be awarded through a random draw of those participants who have pre-registered AND pre-paid (payment has been RECEIVED by Healthy Lake Committee no later than March 6, 2020).
One adult registration/ticket allows you to fish a maximum of two lines, as per fishing license regulations.
Participants age 15 and under who wish to compete against all adult derby participants for the main prizes must pay the regular adult category entry fee. Those age 15 and under that fish for FREE are only eligible for junior angler prizes.
Contestants must fish in the area designated for the contest and will be required to have his or her ticket visible at all times. The designated derby area for the participants will be in the northern basin of Pelican Lake, with the southern boundary being a line between Manhattan Point and the opposite shore on the west side of Pelican Lake.
Horn will sound to begin and end derby; absolutely NO pre-fishing will be allowed. Any participant with a line in the water prior to 10:00 am will be disqualified.
Promoters and organizations assisting in the derby operation, their agencies and agents are not responsible for death, injury, damage, liability, theft or fire on any entries. Each entrant, upon entering the derby, understands and agrees to the previous sentence. At all times, during and after, you are responsible for your safety, actions, gear and equipment.
In case of discrepancies or complaints, the Derby Official’s decision shall be final. No other person can be considered as spokesperson for the rules during the derby.
Northern Pike, Walleye and Perch are allowed. Only fish of these species caught with a barbless hook in the usual manner will be allowed.
As per Manitoba Fishing Regulations and taking into consideration the different types of fishing licenses, the following applies to this derby: Per angler, you may measure a maximum of 4 Northern Pike, 4 Walleye, and 25 Perch. All Walleye shorter than 35 cm (14 inches) must be immediately released when caught and may not be measured. Only 1 walleye over 55 cm (21.5 inches) may be measured. Only 1 Northern Pike over 75 cm (29.5 inches) may be measured.
FISH MEASURING PROCESS: Fish will be measured by derby officials only. The process is as follows:
Anglers must supply their own 5 gallon bucket which must be used for transporting their catch in water and alive to the measuring station. Derby Ticket must be shown at time of measurement.
Derby officials will measure the total length and determine the time the fish was measured.
Every attempt must be made to live release the fish immediately after measuring. Any fish caught with tumors or disease will not be released back into the lake.
The species, length, time, derby ticket #, and angler’s name will be recorded by the derby official and initialed by the angler for verification. IMPORTANT: by initialing your fish’s recorded measurements, you are agreeing that you have verified all information has been recorded correctly.
PRIZES: The grand prize will be awarded to the longest fish caught overall in the adult category. Then, 1st place will be awarded in each of the other two fish species categories. This will continue with 2nd place across all fish species categories, 3rd place and so forth. This process will continue until all fish caught have been awarded prizes, or until all prizes have been awarded. If any prizes remain after all fish caught have been awarded, they will be given out by a random draw. In the event of a tie in length, the fish measured first will be awarded above the fish measured second, and so forth.
Prizes will be awarded at the close of the derby as soon as calculations are finished. Winners will be posted on in the days following the derby. Prizes must be claimed at the derby, and derby ticket must be shown when claiming prizes. All prizes are final and no cash substitutes or prize exchange will be allowed.
As per Manitoba Law, it is illegal to leave refuse including dead fish or fish remains on the ice.
Failure to comply with the contest rules subjects contestants to disqualification.
The organizer may at any time before, during and after each event change event format if so required.
The derby officials have the right to enter/inspect fishing shacks and/or tents etc.
The derby officials have the right to delay or shorten the tournament, subject to weather or safety conditions.
All participants must do their utmost to exhibit good sportsmanship conduct at all times during the derby.
NO alcoholic beverages will be allowed at any time during the derby, including at the prize presentation.
Participants agree upon entry of the derby that they may be photographed for the promotion of the Pelican Lake Healthy Water and Fish event and the use of any photographs without compensation.
We are pleased to announce that our grand prize for the longest fish caught in the Adult Category this year will be a 2020 Can Am Outlander 450 ATV! Retail value $8,532
Check back here for more prizes soon!