Laramie Plains Lions Club Annual Ice Fishing Derby, Jan. 2-3
Every year, on the first weekend of January, the migration of that hardy breed, the Ice Fisher Man, Woman and Child, converge on Lake Hattie, just west of Laramie, Wyo., to experience the ritual of the Laramie Plains Lions Club Annual Ice Fishing Derby.
The rewards are significant. Not only can the hardy breed catch some of the best tasting fish anywhere, but they can be rewarded in cash and prizes for their catch. Mother Nature cooperated this year and brought in abundant moisture that raised the water level in Lake Hattie by an additional 10 feet. This year the ritual will be conducted on January 2-3, 2010.
Hourly catches will be weighed and measured from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday.
Winners are determined by adding the length and girth of the fish with the weight being used as a tie-breaker. In the past, anglers from as far away as France, Wales, Florida, California and Washington have felt the urge to experience this ritual of the high plains in Wyoming.
In recent years the predominant hourly winner has been the rainbow trout. Occasionally a nice sized brown trout or a kokanee will win the hourly prize. A rare lake trout and during a really bad hour, even a perch has claimed prize.
Cash prizes totaling $3,500 include hourly awards of $100 for the biggest fish, a daily prize of $400 for the biggest fish of the day and $1,000 for the largest fish of the derby. Just add it up, the overall winner will go home with $1,500 which includes the hourly, daily and overall awards.
Daily prizes totaling $200 for the derby will also be awarded to the youngsters 13 and under. The youth category will also receive fishing rods and trophies for the largest fish each day. Random door prizes will also be awarded to all anglers by drawings during the two days.
Derby tickets are available at the West Laramie Fly Store and Tumbleweed Service Station and Gift Store on East Grand Ave. The entry fee for the derby is $27 for adults and $12 for youth. Any profits from this fishing derby will be used for the Lions Club Eye Program or other equally important programs.
For more information, please call (307) 742-5052 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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