St. John Valley

Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby to return to The County

ST. AGATHA, Maine — One of the biggest and best derbies that Long Lake has seen yet will be held Jan. 25-26 as the 15th annual Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby returns to The County, organizers said.  


Participants can fish on Long, St. Froid, Eagle, Beau, Cross, Square, Glazier and Portage lakes, Carr Pond and St. John River.

This year, the total prizes awarded will be worth more than $50,000. The ultimate prizes are a $20,000 cash purse, raffles for a 2019 Polaris Ranger 900 and Sport Shack ice shack, and an ultimate fishing package. 

Registration sites are listed at Registration will be open until Saturday, Jan. 25, when officials collect the pre-registrations. 

After that point, participants can only register at the Long Lake Sporting Club in Sinclair, which is the base camp and weigh station. All muskie will go to the muskie weigh station at Joe’s Country Store in St. Francis. 

The derby begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, and will go on through the cut off time Sunday. All prizes will be awarded at the base camp Sunday at 6:30 p.m. There are prizes for different categories of fish for adults and youth 13 and under. 

Every participant 16 or older must have a valid state of Maine fishing license. 

Paul Bernier, chairman for the ice fishing derby, said the forecast for derby weekend is “looking good.”

The cost for participants is 14 and older $15 per day or $25 for the weekend, and children are $5 per day. 

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