The 2015 Oziles' Ice Fishing Derby

Frozen sailboat at Petrie Island

The 2015 version of the Oziles' ice fishing derby will take place on Saturday, February 7 at Petrie Island. There will be two derbies run simultaneously on the ice, one derby for hut owners of Baitshop Bay and another for individuals who do not own huts. Both derbies will be run by Oziles'.

The derby for the hut owners takes place in Baitshop Bay from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The derby is open all Baitshop Bay hut owners and their invited guests. Cost to enter is $40.00 per hut with registration at the baitshop. Hut numbers are required for registration.

The individual derby will take place in the South Channel beside Baitshop Bay. This derby is open to everyone and will have pre-drilled holes with a maximum of two per person. It will run from 11:00 a.m to 3:30 p.m.

Oziles' has some great prizes to give out in both derbies including many gift certificates from local businesses. Also during the day Oziles' will be selling tickets for a 50/50 draw in support of CHEO.

A reminder that everyone between the ages of 18 and 65 must have a valid Ontario fishing permit and Outdoors Card to enter the event. Registration for the event and the list of sponsors are available at the Baitshop.

>>> Read the 2015 Oziles' derby regulations.
>>> Download and print the Derby poster on the events page.

The mystery of the frozen sailboat

Frozen sailboat at Petrie Island

Several weeks ago, we posted a photo of an abandoned sailboat locked in the ice at the point between Baitshop Bay and the South Channel. Soon after we posted the photo, the boat disappeared and no one knows what happened to it.

Obviously it was a salvage operation but it must have been a very difficult operation. First off, it probably wasn't done by one person, just because of the work involved. Whoever got the boat first had to free it from the ice and then haul it away.

The ice in the area is not as thick as other places in the bay but still probably more than 6 inches. It would have been quite the job to free it. After freeing the boat, it had to be hauled away. Since the area is not accessible by car, so it was most likely hauled away by a four-wheeler with a trailer.

The fate of the boat remains a mystery. The guys at Oziles deny all knowledge. Does anyone know what happened?

Etiquette on the Ice

With many new huts on the ice this season, we point out some simple rules to making your experience perfect. Except for permits and regulations of the MNR, there are very few rules for ice fishing. There are however, the rules of etiquette which could help to avoid conflicts with friends and neighbors on the ice.
Ice Fishing Etiquette for Dummies

  • Keep a respectful distance between you and your neighbor: When setting up your hut at the beginning of the season, keep a reasonable distance between you and your neighbor. The suggested minimum distance between huts should be at least 8 meters. This allows space for equipment, extra vehicles and fishing.

  • Avoid drilling holes at 5:00 a.m.: You would be surprised to find out how many people sleep over in their huts on week-ends. Some wake up early, while others might sleep in. Avoid conflict and keep the noise down early in the morning.

  • Keep your speed down: Even a quiet ATV or snowmobile can seem noisy; it depends on how and where you ride it. Keep the RPMs and speed low and steady when you're near the ice hut village. ATV and snowmobile drivers have a right to use the ice as much as fishermen, but some could be more polite. Besides rattling the ice, ATV's and snowmobiles can spook the fish and ruin an afternoon of fishing.

  • Keep your area clean: Remove all debris from around your hut including garbage, cans, bottles and construction material.

Big Al wants your Canadian Tire Money!

Big Al

Big Al is collecting Canadian Tire money again this season to help buy a few more door prizes for the Petrie Island ice fishing derby on February 7th. Al has bought some great door prizes over the past few years and it was your donations of Canadian Tire money that helped!

Check your drawers... check your pockets... check your tool box... and drop off your spare Canadian Tire money at Big Al's hut or the Oziles bait shop. Remember, all profits from the derby go to a good cause somewhere in the Ottawa area.


Great Pics from the Current Season

We're getting some great photos from the ice fishermen of Baitshop Bay but we want more photos for our 2015 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.

Reg Domenic Marcantonio

More Pics

Ice Fishing Photo of the Week

Sylvain Perrier.

Largest fish of the season... so far!

Sylvain Perrier caught this 12 pound plus sturgeon at the Baitshop Bay drop-off. A quick pic and the live release! It is the largest fish caught so far this season... that we know of. Have you caught something larger? Send us the pic and we'll put it here!