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Saratoga ice fishing derby winners

Ella Marie Hayes
Saratoga, Wyo.

Noel V. Hayes, Jr.Gonsalo San Javier of Saratoga, Wyo., shows his rainbow that didn't quite measure up to be that hourly winner, but he did win $100 for having the largest fish during another hour.

Once again a colorful community of fishing huts spread over Saratoga Lake while RV’s and other vehicles lined the lake shore for the 2010 Ice Fishing Derby sponsored by the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce. The 27th annual Derby recorded 537 adult anglers and 57 Small Fry and their families enjoying the camaraderie and mild weather as they waited in hopes of landing a big fish.

The biggest fish of the Derby was caught by Chris Martinez of Cheyenne, Wyo., during the very first hour on Saturday morning. The 4.48-pound trout, 23.2-inches long, 12.25-inches girth, for the winning total measurement of 35.45 won $2,000 for Martinez.

Second place, winning $1,000, was Vincent Ybarra of Evans, Colo., for his 4.16-pound trout, with its combined 22-inch length and 12.5-inch girth totaling 34.5. Third place prize of $500 went to Frank Adkins, for his 3.78 pound trout, 22.4-inch length plus 11.5-inch girth for a total of 33.90. One pink-tagged Bounty fish was caught by Eddie Bohl of Cheyenne, Wyo., winning him $500.

The top winners also won $100 for having the largest fish during that hour. In addition to the $100 prizes, ($20 for small fry) given for the largest fish of the hour, hourly drawings were held for door prizes provided by area merchants. Maria Bugham of Saratoga, Wyo., won a Coleman camp stove for the special final Door Prize Drawing of the Derby.

Ten-year-old Mitchell Leitner, of Aurora, Colo., won a $200 Savings Bond plus a Tackle Box loaded with fishing gear for having the largest fish in the Small Fry competition. The fifth grader’s trout weighed 2.3-pounds with an 18.7-inch length plus 10.25-inch girth totaling 28.95.

The large number of cash prizes awarded amounted to over $6,000 and made for many happy fishermen. However, many other participants caught fish for their dinner, or simply enjoyed the lovely weather and camaraderie of the weekend.