Rules

  • All Manitoba sport fishing rules apply (barbless hooks).
  • No live bait.
  • Anglers must have a valid Manitoba fishing license or Treaty status ID card.
  • 1 hole per entry (1 line per hole) - maximum 2 holes per angler.
  • Anglers may fish any unoccupied hole.
  • Paid contestants who are fishing, and visitor pass holders will be the only ones allowed to enter the Derby site. Visitor passes are extremely limited and must be pre-approved by tournament director prior to the derby date by calling 1-866-676-FISH.
  • To purchase 2nd hole ticket, the 1st ticket must be present at time of sale.
  • Anglers must have ALL tickets clearly visible upon entry, or you will not be permitted to enter the Derby site.
  • All coolers, pails, portable shacks will be checked before entering Derby site.
  • Portable shacks are permitted however no shack shall be erected until the beginning of the Derby (11:00 am).
  • Only holes drilled in Derby grid and drilled by the Derby committee are eligible to be fished.
  • Bring axe or chip bar to re-open holes as the holes are drilled through the ice the day before the Derby. Holes may freeze overnight.
  • No motorized vehicles within 50 meters of Derby site area other then official's vehicles.
  • Competitors must be a minimum of 18 years of age unless they have a parent or guardian fishing with them.
  • Anglers will be allowed to enter fishing area at 9:00 am and may use depth locators to find depth. No line shall go in the water until the beginning of the Derby (11:00 am).
  • Each angler may occupy or reserve only as many holes as that angler has purchased tickets (maximum of 2 per angler).
  • You must be physically present in line to reserve your place.
  • If you have to leave the fishing area for any reason, you must exit and enter through the check-in line.
  • Horn will sound to begin and end the Derby.
  • All walleye in the slot (between 45 cm and 70 cm) must be released immediately and are not to be entered in the Derby.
  • All fish must be weighed-in and released alive (no dead fish).
  • Fish must be brought to the scale in container of water with your pail tag attached. Example: cooler or pail of at least 5 gallon size.
  • Only one prize per entry may be awarded, two tickets - 2 prizes.
  • Absolutely no passing of fish amongst contestants. Incident must be reported immediately for organizer to make his decision regarding disqualification.
  • ID tag must be worn to weigh fish.
  • In case of a tie, fish weighed first will win higher prize.
  • Only the first 120 fish weighed-in are eligible for the hidden weight contest.
  • Hidden weight will be revealed and announced at 2:00pm. The angler who catches the exact hidden weight will be the potential winner.
  • In case of a tie in the hidden weight contest, fish weighed first will be the sole potential winner.
  • No pre-fishing the Derby site for 30 hours before Derby start time.
  • The Tournament Director has the right to delay or shorten the tournament, subject to weather or safety conditions.
  • Should inclement weather or unsafe ice conditions cause Derby cancellation on March 19, 2016, all prizes (excluding hidden weight) will be awarded through a public random draw on March 28, 2016. Time and place will be posted on Derby website or by calling 1-866-676-FISH.
  • Official cancellation notices will be posted on Derby website or by calling 1-866-676-FISH.
  • Contestants do not need to be present to collect prizes, however contestants are responsible for applicable shipping charges.
  • Tickets are transferable and no refunds will be given.
  • Failure to comply with the Derby rules will result in disqualification.
  • Decision of official is final!