The PIIFA Webcam is up and running!

We started the PIIFA Webcam way back in 2009. Back then, it was a complicated set-up using Wi-Fi repeaters and battery packs but it worked for most of that initial season. The cam was hugely popular to visitors of our website and even the Weather Network contacted us to broadcast it on their national website.

Since then, our on-ice webcam has been plagued with signal and power supply issues where the cam could only broadcast on some week-ends. Fast-forward to the 2016 season and the cam is back in full operation, thanks to Yves Grandmaitre in the Oziles' bait shop.

The images you are seeing on the PIIFA ice fishing webcam are actually part of the Oziles' security system. Yves graciously set up one of his extra cams on the ice to use as the PIIFA webcam.

Operating remotely like this, on the Ottawa River, will have its issues but so far, so good.

The PIIFA webcam image refreshes every 15 minutes. The cam will be operational throughout the year, broadcasting on the Oziles' website in the spring, summer and autumn months.

>>> See the latest webcam image

Another Great Derby in Support of CHEO

The annual PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby was held February 13, and was another great success. For the first time in the history of our derby, it was put on by the team of Richard Beaudoin and Christine Tessier. The weather was unseasonably cold but still, there were 91 people who participated in this year's derby which raised $1,325.00 for The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. The money raised will be given to them at their annual June telethon.

Mike Burton

This is our sixth derby in support of CHEO which has proven popular among our fellow ice fishermen because the money raised goes to support children in our area. Our money will help fund research, buy equipment, train staff, and add to the pediatric nature of the hospital.

As with previous PIIFA derbies, this was a closed derby limited to the hut owners of Baitshop Bay and their invited guests. Mother Nature did not cooperate, as the temperature hovered around -26 with a will chill of up to -42. Frozen body parts were a big part of the day.

"You know, you come out and you brave it. Go outside for 3 seconds and stay inside for 3 hours," said PIIFA President, Big Al Macintyre.

Lesson one: cold weather fishing fashion is all about hats of all sizes and species, said Louis Cloutier, who wears a coyote hat to keep warm.

Sylvain Michaud, a machinist from the Ottawa area, knew enough to bring out his Barcalounger. "You just tuck back and the wind will kind of go around you," said Michaud.

Winners in the derby included Mike Webber who caught the largest fish of the day, a 4.5-pound northern pike. He won $465 for his catch. Second place went to Paul Milanios, who caught a 2.5-pound northern pike, and won $279. Eli Karam won the $186. consolation prize for catching the smallest legally caught fish, a 3.75 inch perch. All fish caught on derby day were released alive and healthy which is one of the regulations set by the derby organizers.

In search of Steve Palardi

Other winners in the derby included Julz Legris who won the 50/50 draw. With the flurry of activity during the prize presentations, we negleted to get the name of the person who won the auger from Oziles. We know his first name is Steve but we did not get the last name. It could be Palardi, Paradis, Peladeau or similar. Does anyone know Steve Palardi? Please contact us.

>>> See all the photos from the 2016 PIIFA Derby
>>> Derby Sponsors
>>> A look back at past PIIFA Derby posters

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 2016 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.

Michelle Ross Brianna and Friends Rick Beaudoin

More Pics

Another Petrie 360 taken on Derby Day

Petrie Island 360

We do this once a year. It's a 360 degree view of the Petrie Island ice fishing village. We do it for fun but we also do it for visitors to the website who can't actually make it to Petrie Island.

This year's version was taken during the frigid weather of the 2016 PIIFA Derby. Not many participants can be seen, so we can only guess everyone is watching their lines from the warmth of their huts.

This Petrie 360 was taken Saturday, February 13 at 2:30 PM.

>>> See the 2016 Petrie 360

Ice Fishing Photo of the Week

Craig Murphy

Solitude at the drop-off

Photo by Craig Murphy

A cold day with no fish: Craig Murphy braves the elements at the drop-off for a photo worthy of a magazine cover.