Island Lake Ice Fishing Derby Lures in a Record Crowd

Fishing has been the story this February as Island Lake Conservation Area has hosted its annual Ice Fishing Derby. The event took place from February 9 to 18, 2019 and recorded the highest registration in the derby’s more than 20-year history.

The annual Island Lake Ice Fishing Derby received 174 entries, including 139 adults and 35 kids. It raised more than $5000 in support of projects at the conservation area. The derby was hosted in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), Credit Valley Conservation Foundation and the Friends of Island Lake.

Derby winners included:

Northern Pike

Michael Willar: first place (31.5 inches)
Mario Pitterelli: second place (31 inches)
Madelen Frenette: third place (30.5 inches) 

Black Crappie
Zack Becker: first place (12.50 inches)

Yellow Perch
Robert Upshall: first place (12.75 inches)

Kids Category (Pike)
Connor Upshall: first place (25 inches)
Ava Walter: second place (22.5 inches)
Peyton Sylvester: third place (21.75 inches)

Island Lake Conservation Area hosts two derbies each year – one in summer and one in winter. These events were established to help connect people to nature, showcase recreational opportunities and raise funds to support projects that protect, restore and enhance nature at the park.

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. That watershed is the area of land defined by where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.


Media Contact
Jamie Williams
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 285
[email protected]

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