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2020 PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby at Petrie Island, Ontario

The 2020 PIIFA Derby: Another Record Breaking Derby

This year's PIIFA Ice Fishing derby raised over $7,000.00 for CHEO

It was a beautiful day for an ice fishing derby. Temperatures stayed relatively mild by Ontario standards. Saturday's high was -6, but there was a strong wind making it seem colder than it actually was.

The annual event was created in 2008 to bring the fishermen of Petrie Island togther; make it a fun day; and let some of the lucky ones bring home some prizes. The derby was also created to benefit CHEO, our local Children's Hospital. As Big Al says, "Even if you don't have children, you might have gone to CHEO as a child, or you have a friend or relative who has needed CHEO at sometime in their life."

As with all previous PIIFA derbies, this year's derby had more participants and raised more money than all previous years. With 213 registrants, we raised well over $7,000.00 which will be given to The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) at their annual telethon in June. Not too shabby for an event that started in 2008 with just 32 participants.

In the years that PIIFA has organized the derby, we have raised over $25,000.00 for CHEO. Not bad for a small group of ice fishermen!

Winners of the derby and raffle prizes were given out immediately after the derby at 4:30. Winners included Waylon who came in first with a 4.12-pound northern pike. Second place went to Mike with a 3.11-pound northern pike. Mario Croft went away with the third-place prize (again) for the smallest legally caught fish, a 5-inch perch.

With a few jeers and boos for Mario Croft on his 4th win in a row for smallest fish caught, a few people in the crowd vowed to give Mario some competition for the smallest fish in next years tournament.

The Complete Story and Photos

Flyover of Petrie Island

The View of the Ice Village from Above

Check it this cool video of our ice village at the peak of the 2020 PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby. The video was recorded with Stephan Veilleux's newly purchased drone. As Stephan put it, "This was the drone's inaugural run and just a test. I will be back to record another for the 2021 Derby." Great job, Stephan!

The Video on Youtube

Great Pics from the 2020 Season

We're getting some great photos from the ice fishermen of Baitshop Bay but we want more photos for this season's Anglers Gallery. How was your week-end? These people had a great time. We wanna see your photos!!! Send us your best pics and we'll put them in the 2020 PIIFA Anglers Gallery.

Petrie Island Fisherman
Natalie McGarry
Big Al Macintyre

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.

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