Ice Fishing Derby

get hooked fish Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Derby

January 20-21, 2018

 

Saratoga Lake at sunrise

Saratoga Lake at sunrise

Get Hooked!  The annual Saratoga Lake 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 guaranteed cash prizes and up to $35,000 in additional 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 Place.  

This year, we again added three Trophy Fish worth up to $35,000!  Only three fish will be tagged with special markers.  If caught during the two-day tournament hours, the fish could be worth $20,000 or $10,000 or $5,000!

2017 $5000 Trophy Fish caught by Lee Yonkers, Laramie

2017 $5000 Trophy Fish caught by Lee Yonkers, Laramie

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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 and brought to the Official Derby Tent during the derby is worth $500 cash!

 Hours of the two-day derby are on Saturday from 7am to 5 pm and Sunday from 7 am to 2 pm.

Registration Fees
$35—ADULT FISHERMAN
$10—SMALL FRY FISHERMAN     (under age 14)
Note: A Small Fry Fisherman may enter as an Adult Fisherman and be eligible for those prizes,  but would not be eligible for any of the Small Fry pay outs.

 

Register and pay online, no need to wait in line or check in! Just fill out the form, pay by credit card, print your receipt and you’re done!  No need to check in with us before you start fishing. (online registration receipt must be accessible at all times during the derby)

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2017 Saratoga Fishing Derby Winners Small Fry Jace Borghi and Andrew Dameron

2017 Saratoga Fishing Derby Winners
Small Fry Jace Borghi and Andrew Dameron

You may also still register in person by stopping into the Chamber office at 210 West Elm Street during office hours.  On Friday night before the Derby, registration will be open until 8 pm.  If you don’t get a chance to register before the tournament begins, you may register at the Derby Headquarters Tent at the lake beginning at 6 am on Saturday.  No matter which way you choose to register, just be sure to have either your wristband or your printed receipt with you at all times and bring it to the tent when you have a fish to weigh. derby-rules-buttonfishing derby clip art guyFor more fun, enter the Best Hut Contest and Best Fish Story Contest!  Download the FD Best Hut entry and secure to the outside of your hut.

 

2017 Best Fish Story “Maiah Rose and her brother” from Cheyenne

 

 

 Buy your fishing license online

Saratoga Lake is about 2 miles Northeast of Saratoga in southeastern Wyoming.  The 142-acre lake features a campground with 25 sites with electrical hook-ups and 24 without, so bring your generator.  They also have lots of tent sites.  Sites are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Concessions will be available at the lake–The American Legion and Legion Auxiliary and other vendors will have food available all weekend.    Hungry???? Check out our local restaurants!

Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Derby Winner History

YEARNAMEADDRESSLENGTH (in)GIRTH (in)TOTAL SCOREWEIGHT (lbs)PRIZE AMOUNT
2017Andrew Dameron
Laramie, WY20.412
32.54 # 1oz$2,000
2016Tammy Guerra
Parker, CO
23
12
334.5$2,000
2015Leonard PisanoLaramie, WY221133.54.0$2,000
2014Daniel SlocumLoveland, CO2512.7537.756.2$2,000
2013Noah FernandezWheatland, WY22.7512.25354.3$2,000
2012Josh YatesLoveland, CO24.7512.537.255.05$2,000
2011Desmond Rivera, Jr.Cheyenne, WY24.313.637.95.7$2,000
2010Chris MartinezCheyenne, WY23.212.2535.454.48$2,000
First Place winner of the Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Derby by year