Reel in a Big Catch at the Annual Island Lake Ice Fishing Derby

The competition is about to heat up at Island Lake Conservation Area as Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) hosts its annual Ice Fishing Derby. This year’s derby runs from February 12 to 22, 2022.

“We’re excited to bring the derby back to Island Lake this year,” said Yasmine Slater, Superintendent, Conservation Parks for CVC. “Ice fishing is a big draw this time of year and we expect a great turnout for the derby. Funds raised will support important work around the park.”

The derby is open to all ages. This year $2,500 in cash prizes is up for grabs including big catch prizes for the top three northern pike, largest yellow perch and largest black crappie. Youth prizes will also be awarded to the top three longest fish of any species. Participants who register before noon on February 11 are also eligible for the early bird prize, an annual Credit Valley Parks Pass.

Registration is available online or by phone until February 20. Participants can also register at the park’s Rental Centre until noon on the last day of the derby. Registration is $10 for youth (under 12) and $35 for adults. Daily admission to the park is not included in registration.

A valid Ontario Fishing License is required to participate. A portion of the derby falls during Ontario Family Fishing Weekend, from February 19 to 21, and a fishing license is not required on those days. Services available during the derby include ice rod rentals, minnows, augering of fishing holes, tackle and snack shop.

Island Lake Conservation Area hosts two fishing derbies throughout the year – one in the summer and one in the winter. These events are hosted in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation Foundation and the Friends of Island Lake (FOIL). 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.

For more information or to register for the Ice Fishing Derby, visit

If you’re unable to participate but want to support FOIL and Island Lake Conservation Area, please donate at

About Credit Valley Conservation

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. Our watershed is defined by the area of land 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. We inspire a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

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Jamie Williams
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Credit Valley Conservation

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