“We had just under 500 total entries,” he said, referring to 2011. “I was really impressed at how far away people went fishing” from the checkpoint at Jenkins Beach on Green Lake in Dedham. “There were some who had a half hour-to-45-minute drive to get there,” Hawes said.
The 2012 ice-fishing derby will take place 6 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, with weigh-ins scheduled for 3-5 p.m. daily at a tent set up at Jenkins Beach. Both days “we will have a Maine state biologist on hand at all times during the weigh in,” Hawes said. The state biologist will weigh all fish brought to the weigh-in.
The derby is open to anglers fishing on lakes and ponds throughout Hancock County; the entry fee is $10 per adult, while children under age 12 can participate for free. All participants must travel to the weigh-in station to have their fish officially entered in the derby’s results.
Tickets are available at G & M Variety, the Franklin Trading Post, and Friend & Friend in Ellsworth.
Throughout the derby, free Dunkin Donuts hot chocolate and Munchkins will be served at the weigh station; free hamburgers and hot dogs will be served during the 3-5 p.m. weigh-in on Sunday, Feb. 12.
According to Hawes, anglers will compete for many prizes:
• One first-place prize apiece will be awarded for the largest salmon and togue. The winning angler in each category will receive a Jiffy ice auger, five Heritage ice-fishing traps, miscellaneous fishing gear, and a $25 Dunkin Donut gift card. Each first-place prize “is about a $750 cash equivalent,” Hawes said.
• One second-place prize apiece will be awarded for the second largest salmon and togue. The winning angler in each category will receive a Magnum Jet Sled, three Heritage ice-fishing traps, miscellaneous fish-ing gear, and a $15 Dunkin Donuts gift card. Each second-place prize “is about a $300 cash equivalent,” Hawes said.
• Separate categories exist for bass, brook trout, pickerel, and white perch. Cash prizes will be presented for the first- and second-place winners in these categories.
• A cash prize will also be awarded to the angler who catches the greatest accumulative weight of togue.
• And “or every togue you bring in between 14 and 18 inches, you will fill out a slip and your name will go into a drawing for a cash prize,” Hawes said.
Participating anglers can buy raffle tickets — $5 apiece or $20 for five tickets — to win a 2011 ATV sup-plied by Friend & Friend in Ellsworth.
Sponsors for the 2012 ice-fishing derby include Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Dunkin Donuts, the Franklin Trading Post, Friend & Friend, One Steel Recycling, Pepsi, and Pine State Trading Co. During the derby, Hawes will be giving away merchandise provided by these sponsors.
For more information about the ice-fishing derby, contact Greg Hawes at 843-6422 or 852-0575.