16th Annual Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off Recap

What can I say, the 16th annual was by far the most challenging since I took the helm of this ship. Here in the Whiteshell, as did most of Manitoba, we had a relentless winter. The snow piled up and kept coming. In the last week before derby day we had 2 major snowfalls and warm weather that created deep slush conditions throughout the derby site. Our team worked relentlessly to pack out the slush and push roads in to create a fishable area. Our efforts were rewarded the day before derby day with a brief cold snap that tightened up the derby sight and eliminated most of the slush. Our roads weren’t so fortunate though, everything we plowed flooded 8” deep with water that would partially freeze. Ultimately, we couldn’t get our weigh tent and other services into the middle of the derby grid. The best we could do was set up in a dry spot at the edge of the derby site….. which promptly flooded as soon as the tent was set up.

All was not lost though! As the sun rose on march 16th we were blessed with a perfect day for fishing. Wind was light and warm, temperature hovered just around freezing to keep the slush at bay. We were able to set up a weigh station and silent auction for the St. Amant foundation next to the weigh tent. Dannys Whole hog fought their way out to the sight to provide food. Dexter’s Mini Doughnuts set up at the entry selling coffee and mini doughnuts. Most importantly, the fish were biting!

All told 106 fish were caught with the biggest being Chans Candaras 11.40lb $15,000 fish.

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Trudy Froese was our runner up with a 9.5 pounder that won here a new Can-Am Outlander!

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Our Alumacraft Hidden weight was revealed to be 8.44 Lbs, unfortunately Andrew Roberton’s 8.56 pounder missed it by a hair. That fish claimed 3rd place though and Andrew took home an Alumacraft boat motor and trailer for his efforts.

All told we had over 1900 anglers on the ice including 200 kids fishing over 2600 holes. We raised over $17,000 for the St. Amant foundation. With contributions coming from the Manitoba Bass anglers, Danny’s Hole Hog, the many donors to this years on ice silent auction and the Lake of the Woods Brew co beer gardens.

Winner of the $11,805.00 St. Amant 50/50

Winner of the $11,805.00 St. Amant 50/50

I cannot express enough gratitude for all the anglers who came out to this event and endured less than ideal conditions. We can all share in the satisfaction of raising a ton of money for a worthy cause. Also to all the people who helped put this together, This really is an event put on by the entire community of Falcon Lake and in fact the entire fishing community. Its hard work packing slush, plowing roads, drilling 3600 holes, selling tickets, setting up the derby site, cleaning up etc. plus the thousands of dollars worth of silent auction prizes and on ice giveaways that are donated, it’s truly overwhelming to think about . There will be $2000 donated to the Whiteshell Community club on everyones behalf.

Top 50 fish as follows

Chans Chandara 11.40

Trudy Froese 9.50

Andrew Roberton 8.56

Chris Penner 6.88

Dale Shurck 6.82

Jason Bourgeois 6.20

Danny Schutz 6.14

Klye Marchun 5.72

Jesse Waterman 5.70

Michelle Harrison 4.60

Mitchell  Whitechurch 4.50

Mike Maksymchuk 4.16

Karl Gerrard 4.16

Chris Massart 3.98

Nancy Silander 3.84

Rob Maluk 3.52

Andrew Wright 3.24

Kevin Matskiw 3.18

Harry Granberg 3.10

Chris Longlass 3.08

Keith Flett 3.08

Darcy Nazar 2.80

Fanny Neufeld 2.80

Nicole Marynowski 2.66

Joe Campbell 2.62

Adam Tote 2.50

Cheryl Desjarlais 2.40

Michael Martins 2.22

Klyle Kiernicki 2.22

Andy Chartrand 2.12

Jess Gabb 2.08

Paul Grey 2.00

Bryce Croft 2.00

Rick McIntosh 1.98

Philip D' Auteuil 1.84

Jaime Chaulk 1.84

Ashley Yorke 1.72

Michelle Kavenaugh 1.70

Jaime Chaulk 1.70

Braden Dandeneau 1.68

Bill Wassenana 1.66

Matthew Vandel 1.60

Heinrick P 1.56

Kristen Everett 1.54

Tony Plifewski 1.48

Nicloe Mack 1.48

Doug Mack 1.48

Jodie Desharnais 1.46

Nedy Guenter 1.46

Clayton Scott 1.44

2018 Winter Fish-0ff Recap

The 15th Annual Falcon Lake Winter Fish on March 17th, 2018 of was one of our most exciting ever! We had over 1900 anglers fishing over 2500 of the 4000 pre drilled holes in our grid. For the first time since its introduction in 2013, the Hidden Weight was hit! Ben Gilby had a fish that matched the randomly generated 1.66Lb hidden weight # and won a brand new Alumacraft Competitor 205 with 200 Mercury Verado!  Andrew Robertson won the $15,000.00 grand prize for his 10.40Lb pike, and Rob Shaw took home an Alumacracft Jon boat with motor and trailer as the runner up.

We raised over $18,000.00 for the St. Amant Foundation which included an on ice 50/50 that went to Mary Jane Arenal for $11,000.00!

All considered well over $120,000.00 in cash and prizes were given away on the ice at the 2018 Winter Fish-Off. That's gonna be a hard precedent to live up to for next year but we'll give it a shot!

Ben Gilby with his Hidden Weight Prize!

Ben Gilby with his Hidden Weight Prize!

Our 2018 Champion Andrew Robertson!

Our 2018 Champion Andrew Robertson!

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New Tagged Fish Contest Explained

New for 2017! The Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off is putting on a Tagged Fish Contest on the same lake. We joined derby organizer Ian Young on the ice as he caught, tagged, and released three northern pike of varying sizes for the contest. Two are worth $1000 and one 30" fish is worth a whopping $5000 to whichever contest card carrying angler catches it! For more information and complete rules go to winterfishoff.com or get linked over from kickerfish.ca

New for 2017 The YEAR ROUND Falcon Lake Tagged Fish Contest.

This year the Falcon and West Hawk Chamber of Commerce is putting on a tagged fish contest on Falcon Lake. They’re putting up $10,000 on 6 tagged fish on Falcon Lake to add some extra excitement to fishing Falcon Lake. 

This contest will start at the same time as the Winter Fish-Off and go Year Round until all fish are caught.

Entry into the tagged fish contest will be $20 and contestants will not be eligible for the tagged fish prizes unless they have bought the ticket beforehand. However in order to kickstart the contest we're giving away free entry to the tagged fish contest to anyone who purchases a Second Hole or Kids ticket at the Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off.

 3 Northern Pike will be tagged and released at the derby site in the weeks before the Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off. Two will be worth $1,000, and one will be worth $5,000! These will be Fish local to the derby site so we're expecting one or all of them to be caught on derby day! To keep it going strong through the summertime 3 Smallmouth Bass will be tagged and released on the opening day of the open water season and be worth $1000 each!

That's 6 fish for a total of $10,000!

We're very excited about this addition to Falcon Lake and the added excitement it will bring to the Winter Fish-Off.