Maine's Largest
Ice Fishing Derby

19th Annual - January 27th & 28th
About the Derby


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About the Event

Dive into the chill of competition at Maine’s premier Ice Fishing Derby, January 27 & 28, 2024. An annual tradition where the thrill of the catch meets the heart of community spirit.

Join us on the ice for a weekend of camaraderie and challenge.

  • $20 per day
  • $30 for a full weekend

Special rates for young anglers aged 13 and under.

Prizes & Drawings

Set your sights on the Ultimate Fishing Package at this year’s Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby. Take to the ice and seize the opportunity to win a robust 2024 Ski-Doo Expedition, perfect for conquering the winter trails. Revel in comfort with a part of the ultimate prize—a Sport Shack Ice Shack, your cozy retreat after a day of angling. Plus, boost your chances with additional ‘Chances’ purchases for our bonus draws. Your next big win is a cast away under the glistening frost of Derby Waters. Will you be the one to reel in a prize?

Adult Cash Prizes

Compete for glory and a hefty purse in the Adult Category! Cast your best line for the top spots and reel in up to $1,500 in cash prizes and exclusive trophies. Whether it’s the majestic Salmon or the elusive Muskie, your catch could lead to a wintry triumph!

Prizes that make the chill worthwhile! From the largest Cusk to the most Perch caught, rewards await at every turn. With prizes for Brook Trout, Largest Perch, and more, there’s a chance for every angler to shine.

  • Salmon
  • Togue
  • Brook Trout
  • Muskie
  • Largest Cusk
  • Most Perch
  • Largest Perch

Encouraging our young anglers with trophies and prizes for the following categories. With their own set of rewards, the youth category is poised to thrill and inspire. Let’s fish for fun, education, and the spirit of competition.

  • Salmon
  • Togue
  • Brook Trout
  • Largest Salmon

Youth Cash Prizes

Our Youth Category celebrates the next generation of anglers! Young enthusiasts under 13 can win exciting prizes like a set of Heritage Fishing Tip-Ups and cash rewards. It’s not just about the catch; it’s about fostering the love of the sport.



The Story Behind The Image

In the early 70’s a group of deer hunters from Connecticut came to Fort Kent to hunt. One of them was a personal friend that I had met many years prior. Some of the original group have continued to come since.

15+ years ago, one stopped coming. This fellow knew that I was an avid fisherman. Four years ago, he sent me all his ice fishing equipment. I was so honored. I decided to fish with his equipment and send him a photo of the first fish I caught with it.

The first day that took out his equipment, I caught the fish that is in the photo above. I was so pleased to see the fish on the ice and took special care to orchestrate the photo. I then sent him the photo. – Donald R. | Derby Committee Member

Sustaining Long Lake's Legacy

With a commitment to conservation, we partner with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries to ensure the health and vitality of Long Lake’s ecosystem. Each year, hatchery-raised salmon, identifiable by a clipped fin, are introduced to the lake, supporting our fishing tradition while preserving the lake’s natural heritage.

Although stocked fish are no different than fish that were born in the lake, “Native” fish have a higher standard among fishermen because they are true to the lake and not adopted. The fish in the header photo above has all of its “fins” and is native (born and raised) in Long Lake.