The 8th annual PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby was held February 17, on the ice at Petrie Island. Huge crowds came out on a day which had almost perfect weather. The derby continues to grow each year and this year we saw 188 registrants for the derby which raised $3,000.00 for The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. The money raised will be given to them at their annual June telethon.
Winners of the derby included Mike Webber with a 8.25-pound fish in the largest fish category. Leandro Rites won the largest panfish category with an 12.75" sauger and Mario Croft won in the category of smallest legally caught fish with a perch measuring in at just 5.5 inches.
According to PIIFA President, Al Macintyre, the 8th annual Ice Fishing Derby has really upped the ante this year as far as prizing goes with almost 40 local business donating prizes and services. Almost every participant in this year's derby got a prize package donated by local businesses.
Other winners during the day included Eli Karam who won the 50/50 draw and Daniel Michaud who won the ice auger draw. Winners of a pair of Sens tickets were André Regimbal and Madeleine Graveline.
Thanks to our many supporters, sponsors and volunteers who made the day such a memorable event including John Dallaire from the Oziles Baitshop; Anne Michaud, Sylvain Michaud, Nathalie Cloutier, Big Al Macintyre, Richard Beaudoin, Ronald Zinn and Dan and Mike, our tireless prize guys. Check out our complete list of our supporters and sponsors who helped make this event possible.
With the warm weather and the forecast for the upcoming week, the ramps and ice roads in Baitshop Bay are now closed.
Except for hut owners and utility vehicles, the ramps and ice roads will likely remain closed until the end of the ice fishing season. Visitors to Baitshop Bay are asked to park their vehicles on Trim Road or Jeanne d'Arc and walk down to the ice. Visitors to other areas of Petrie Island should inquire at the Oziles' Baitshop for the latest conditions.
ATVs and snowmobiles are still permitted in Baitshop Bay but are asked to stay off the ice road and ramps.
Fishing might be fun in the ice fishing village, serious fisherman head out to the Baitshop Bay drop-off for the big ones. The drop-off is where Baitshop Bay descends quickly into the Ottawa River. While the water depth in the bay varies between 1 and 3 meters it drops-off very quickly as it descends into the river reaching 8 meters or more in some places.
Although not a ledge, it's still a favourite place for a variety of large fish waiting for their next meal. All varieties of winter fish can be caught at the drop-off and we've seen some huge ones over the years.
Even if it's a warm and sunny day around the ice huts, it could be a different story at the drop-off with no protection from the wind. Rick Beaudoin is now offering economical full-day or half-day fishing excursions from the protection of an old OC Transpo bus shelter at the drop-off. Imagine that, fishing in the solitude if the Baitshop Bay drop-off in the protection of an old OC Transpo bus shelter. If you are new to fishing, a guide can also be arranged for an additional cost.
Contact Rick for more information and to reserve your fishing excursion at the Baitshop Bay drop-off. It could be a day you will not soon forget.
Our website started back in 2004 as a security and information portal for the ice fishermen of Petrie Island. We originally created the website to offer on-ice security information and ice conditions.
The website was an instant success and we started expanding it with fishing news, stories, information and photos.
Within years, The PIIFA website became larger than life and we discovered that we had created a monster that everyone liked.
The PIIFA website is now visited by people from all over the world who want to see photos and read about ice fishing in Canada's capital.
On February 1, 2018 at 12:38 AM, our little website reached 100,000 unique hits. That person remains unnamed but we can tell you that he is local and lives in Orleans. His internet provider is Teksavvy Solutions and he searched on a desktop PC with Windows 10 using Yahoo Search.
Congratulations, whoever you are and a huge thanks to the other 99,999 unique visitors who have visited piifa.ca in the past 14 years!
We're getting some great photos from the ice fishermen of Baitshop Bay but we want more photos for our 2018 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.
After winning the prize for the largest panfish in the 2018 PIIFA derby, Leandro Rites and his brother, Lucas showed up at Big Al's hut to donate part of his winnings to our fundraising efforts for CHEO. In the photo, Leandro presents $100.00 to PIIFA webguy, Ronald Zinn. A huge THANK YOU Leandro!