Updates on The PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby
Our 2019 ice fishing derby takes place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 on Baitshop Bay at Petrie Island, Ontario. The derby takes place on the ice in Baitshop Bay from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We remind everyone that this event is limited to the hut owners of Baitshop Bay, their invited guests and people who have rented huts from the Oziles Bait Shop and Marina. Prize presentations will take place immediately after the derby at 4:15 PM. That's not it! A great fireworks show is scheduled to take place early in the evening!
Vehicle Traffic will be restricted
So far this season we have seen above average snowfall which puts a lot of weight on the ice. To ensure safety for everyone on derby day, vehicle traffic in the ice fishing village will be restricted to hut owners, staff and individuals renting ice huts from Oziles. Guests and visitors are asked to park their vehicles on Trim Road or Jeanne d'Arc and walk down on to the ice.
Derby Prizes and Raffles
Our prize patrol has gathered donations from many businesses in the area, so even if you don't win the prize for largest fish, you will at least have a good chance at getting something nice. Also look for raffles and draws, all in support of CHEO. We have raffles for a Rapala Nitro 43cc ice auger courtesy of Canadian Tire in Rockland, a Yamaha EF2000IS Generator courtesy of Moto Gatineau, plus a chance to win some big bucks in our annual 50-50 draw.
Look for the 50-50 tickets being sold on the ice during the derby. The draw for the 50-50 will take place immediately after the derby and you must be present to win. Raffle tickets for the generator and auger are available now at the Oziles' Bait Shop and will be sold on the ice during the derby. You do not have to be present at the derby to win the auger and generator raffles. Winners will be contacted by phone.
Dontations to the Orleans Food Bank
We encourage derby registrants and visitors to drop off canned and non-perishable food at the registration hut. All donations will be dropped off at the Orleans Food Bank to help underprivileged people in our area. The food bank provides, once a month, emergency food supplies for 3 to 4 days to low-income individuals and families within the Orleans East, Cumberland, Sarsfield, Vars, Navan and Carlsbad Springs communities.
The 2019 PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby
The 2019 Petrie Island Ice Fishermen's Association Derby is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 on Baitshop Bay at Petrie Island, Ontario.
This is an invitational event organized exclusively for the hut owners of Petrie Island, their invited guests and the hut renters of the Oziles’ Marina and Bait Shop. This event is coordinated with Ontario’s Family Fishing Week-end and Ontario Outdoors cards and fishing permits are not required to participate.
Registration for the derby is at the Beaudoin/Tessier hut. The Beaudoin/Tessier is parked on the south road of the bay and has a camo trailer parked close by.
Cost to pre-register for the event is $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children aged 16 and under. Pre-registration begins Friday, February 8, 2019 at noon and ends Friday, February 15, 2019 at midnight. Cost to register on the day of the event is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for children aged 16 and under. Registration closes when the event begins.Complete Details
Great Pics from the 2019 Season
We're getting some great photos from the ice fishermen of Baitshop Bay but we want more photos for our 2019 Anglers Gallery. How was your week-end? These people had a great time. We wanna see your photos!!! Send us your best pics using the email link at the bottom of the page.
Things Come and Things Go
When we launched the website back in early 2005, the main way to communicate with fellow fishermen was through our message board, The PIIFA Fishermen's Forum. Hosted by Boards2Go, it was a wonderful medium for fishermen to ask questions, brag about their catch, sell stuff and everything else.
Jump ahead a few years and we launched our Twitter and Facebook pages. Twitter was a joke and was dumped within weeks, but our Facebook page was an instant hit. Through the years, our members have turned to our Facebook page to converse and post their photos.
We kept up the Fishermen's Forum for people who did not use Facebook but use of the page had dropped off in the past few years. With that, we have decided to drop our Fishermen's Forum for the PIIFA Facebook page. Even if you're not a fan of Facebook, we encourage you to join. It's a great way for everyone to communicate. The page is managed by Francine Martin.
Like almost everything on the PIIFA website, we don't usually delete anything, it just goes in to the archives. The Forum with all its entries will still be there for years to come for everyone to check out.The Archived Fishermen's Forum
The 2019 Ice Hut Archive
If you're not a regular to the Petrie Island Ice Village or you are but do not venture far from your hut, the 2019 Ice Hut Archive is here! We have photographed many of the ice huts of Baitshop Bay.
Back in the early years of PIIFA, most huts and shacks were made with plywood, clapboard and whatever else people could find to construct a shelter. In recent years, building an ice hut at Petrie Island has turned in to kind of a silent competition to see who can construct the best hut. Many of the newer huts could be one room condos or mini-cottages with all the features. Most have electricity powered by a generator, solar power, wind power or power packs. Many have full kitchens, bathrooms and sleeping areas! We have some spectacular huts around here which we think are quite unique to anywhere else!
In the first year of our Ice Hut Photo Archive back in 2012, most people did not have a name for their hut or simply called it "My ice shack" or "My ice hut". With the latest version of the ice hut archive, many people have given a name to their hut. Some of the most best and unusual names this year? The Salmon Dream, The Tragically Hut, The Petrie Island Bier Haus and The Llama Lounge.
We did our best to photograph as many ice huts as we could but it is next to impossible to get them all. If somehow we missed yours and you want a photo of your hut in the archive, take a photo and send it to us.The 2019 Ice Hut Archive
Some of the most popular pages on piifa.ca!
Rent a converted OC Transpo bus shelter for a day of ice fishing.
Photos submitted by our fellow Petrie Island ice fishermen.
Feburary 16 - 18, 2019 is the winter version of Ontario's Family Fishing Week-end.
Fun, puzzles, coloring and games for the kids of PIIFA.
The PIIFA Archives
Photos and Videos from the PIIFA Archives.
Beauty and The Fish
One of our favorite photos from 2011: Amber-Lee Sowa sent us this great photo of a stunningly beautiful mystery woman and her walleye. It was a totally random photo taken by Amber-Lee during the 2011 season. We don't know who the Woman was or what she was doing in the photo. Was she posing for the photo? Was she apologizing to the fish for her catching it or just mesmerized because she finally caught one? Such beauty and great photography are worthy of a magazine cover. Thank you, Amber-Lee, for the great photo and… lady in the photo? We want to know who you are… just to thank you for brightening everyone's day.
The Photo of the Week
Some of the best photos submitted by you!
Sun Ring Caught at Petrie Island
Richard Beaudoin took a perfect photo of a sun ring at Petrie Island. These beautiful rings can be seen around the moom or the sun in winter. Although not rare, they are a beautiful sight.