Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber

Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Derby

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Name: Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Derby
Date: January 17, 2015 - January 18, 2015
Event Description:
Get Hooked!

The annual Ice Fishing Derby has been held at Saratoga Lake the third weekend of January every year since 1983.

Prove your skills at Saratoga Lake in Saratoga, Wyoming while competing for over $6000 in cash prizes.  Hourly cash awards of $100 will be awarded for the largest fish measured that hour.  The big prize money is $2000 cash for first place, $1000 cash for second and $500 cash for third.  Small Fry (under age 14) can enter the contest for a chance to win the grand prize of a $200 savings bond and a merchandise package, as well as hourly awards of $20 cash.  Door prizes will also be given each hour.  And keep your eyes open for the bounty fish, a fish with a pink tag behind the dorsal fin—the first bounty fish to be caught during the derby is worth $500 cash!

Download the Fishing Derby Rules and Prize Information

Concession will be available at the lake--The American Legion and Legion Auxiliary and La Familia's Brisket House

Enter the Best Hut Contest and Best Fish Story Contest!  Download the Best Hunt Entry Form
and secure to the outside of your hut.

  2014 WINNERS   31st annual      
1st Place Daniel Slocum Loveland, CO 25 12.75 37.75 6.2 $2,000
2nd Place Dustin Meier Ft. Collins, CO 24.5 12 36.5 5.44 $1,000
3rd Place Jim Truesdale Laramie, WY 24.25 11.25 35.75 5.25 $500
Small Fry Shane Beckmann Saratoga, WY 22 11.75 33.75 4.96 $100
First Bounty Curtis James Saratoga, WY         $500
Second Bounty Willie Forbes Casper, WY         $250
Third Bounty Jennifer Sevores Gillette, WY         $75
Best Hut Brian Craig Saratoga, WY         xxx
Best Fish Story n/a        
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Event Sponsors:
  • Carbon County Visitors Council
Saratoga Lake, about 2 miles Northeast of Saratoga, Wyoming

Campground available on a first-come-first served basis.
Date/Time Information:
Hours of the two-day derby are
Saturday 7 am to 5 pm
Sunday 7 am to 2 pm

Registration is until 8 pm at the Chamber office on Friday, and starting at 6 am at the Official Derby Tent at the lake on Saturday.  You may also register at a local licensing outlets until Friday night (Hack's Tackle & Outfitters, Shively Hardware downtown location, The Country Store/Conoco and The Trading Post in Riverside)
Contact Information:
Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce 307-326-8855
Registration for the two-day derby is $30 for adults and $10 for Small-Fry (under age 14)
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