Archived Home Page for February 28, 2017

A Breathtaking Video of our Derby

All huts stored at Petrie Island should be put up on blocks before the ground freezes. This facilitates moving the huts at the beginning of the ice fishing season.

2017 ice hut removal at Petrie Island
Season Ending Ice Hut Removal

With the warm weather after the derby, our season is quickly coming to an end. Here are a few tips for season ending ice hut removal:

  • If you store your hut at Oziles, your hut storage fees must be paid by the end of February. At time of payment for storage, a card will be given to you to put in your hut window. Huts cannot be hauled out or stored without a card.
  • Reserve a time with Oziles to have your hut hauled out. It is advised to call early and make a reservation.
  • If you are not storing your hut a Oziles, you should make arrangements to remove your hut soon. The weather is warming up fast and it could be a dangerous situation if you leave it too long.
  • When removing your hut, make sure that you leave your area totally free of all debris including bottles, garbage, old wood and cigarette butts.
  • All huts must be removed from the ice by March 15 or you will face a serious fine from the MNR.

Richard Viens
Our 2017 Derby: The Biggest and Best Ever!

The weather was no less than perfect with bright sun and an afternoon temperature of 10c for the 2017 PIIFA Invitational Ice Fishing Derby at Petrie Island on Saturday, February 18.

PIIFA's first derby was held back in 2008 when there were 38 registered participants. PIIFA President Al Macintyre told us, "We started the derby back in 2008 as a way to bring fellow ice anglers together and to raise money for our local Childrens Hospital, CHEO: The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. It was just Ron and I who organized the first event, but it was hugely successful so we continued to tweak the format and expand it."

Obviously, the boys did something right as this year's derby saw more than 175 registered participants and almost $3,000.00 raised for CHEO.

Winners of the day included Mario Croft and Richard Viens, both hut owners and regular fishermen in Baitshop Bay at Petrie Island. Mario took top prize for the largest fish caught, a five pound, 11 ounce Northern Pike. He also took third prize for the smallest legal fish, a perch at just over 5 inches. Richard Viens took second prize with a Northern Pike weighing just under 5 pounds.

People who caught fish during the tournament had their names thrown in a hat for a chance to win one of the many gift cards donated by various local business. The largest prize was a week-end cottage rental won by Jackson Dickie.

Other winners during the day included Sylvain Michaud who won the 50/50 draw and Reg Avon for winning the Nautilus Protexion PFD ice fishing suit. Yves Grandmaitre from Oziles' won the trophy for best ice hut of 2017. The Oziles' hut is a unique two-part ice hut that bolts together to make one huge ice hut for large groups or as a base for large groups or events.

Congrats to this year's organizers Richard Beaudoin and Christine Tessier for their months of hard work at making the 2017 PIIFA Derby such a memorable event. Thanks to our many supporters, sponsors and volunteers who chipped in including Yves Grandmaitre and the guys from the Oziles Baitshop, Al Macintyre, Eli the Pike King, Sylvain Michaud, Anne Michaud, Mike, Dan, and Ron Zinn.

See all the photos and sponsors from the 2017 Derby >>>

CTV Morning Live
News From Down on The Ice

Ottawa's CTV Morning Live will be on the ice Wednesday, February 15. Sarah Freemark will visit the village and interview some of the fishermen doing several short live segments for the show. At least one of the segments will promote our upcoming derby on Saturday, February 18. PIIFA is always popular with local media and the Morning Live Show has been on the ice several times to do live segments. Join us on the ice, Wednesday morning from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM or watch the show on Ottawa's CTV2.

Vves Grandmaitre, owner of the Oziles' Marina and Bait shop has contracted the services of a drone to record a portion of our derby this Saturday. Look up, wave, and smile when you see it!

The 2017 PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby
The 2017 PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby

The 2017 edition of the PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby will take place Saturday, February 18 in Baitshop Bay at Petrie Island. This is always a fun event and this year, it will be held on Ontario's Family Fishing Week-end. The week-end is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card.

As with all PIIFA derbies, this is an invitational event. It is exclusively for the hut owners of Petrie Island, their invited guests, and people renting huts from Oziles in Baitshop Bay.

Contestants can compete for prizes in 3 categories: the largest legal fish; the largest panfish; and the smallest legally caught fish. There will also be lots of participation prizes and a 50/50 draw. All profits from the event go to CHEO in support of kids in our area.

Cost for registration on derby day is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids, 16 years old and younger. Save $5.00 if you register on the Thursday or Friday before the event. Registration for the derby is at the Beaudoin-Tessier hut on the ice.

We have lined up a few sponsors for prize donations but are always looking for more. If you or your company would like to donate, please contact Big Al on the ice or send us an email.

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Ottawa River ice fishing
A New Record for Petrie Island

At last count, we had about 140 ice huts on the ice in our Baitshop Bay ice fishing village. That tops our previous record of 130 huts set just two years ago. With that, we still might see a few more huts on the ice before our derby on February 18.

This week will see the temperature hovering at our around the zero mark during the day. This is not optimal for thickening the ice. We ask that when driving on the ice, use caution, stay on the established ice road, and keep your speed down. Visitors to the Baitshop Bay ice fishing village are asked to park on Trim Road and walk down on to the ice.

There will no updates to our website until January 30 as our web guy will be out of the country. You can still send us your ice reports, stories and photos for the website and we will get to them when he returns. For the latest ice conditions, ask the boys in the Oziles' bait shop or call them at 613-841-0778.

The Photo of the Week

Oh! Those Red Bull Girls!

The Red Bull girls showed up at our derby to promote their brand and PIIFA President, Big Al Macintyre jumped at the opportunity for a photo op. Great photo but one question we were asking all day, "Were these girls old enough to drive that Red Bull car?" They said yes, but we are still not sure.

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