Ice fishing derby offers prizes and a chance to help others

Posted Feb. 27, 2012, at 9:59 p.m.
Autumn Burnell, 4, of Hollis outfished many of the adults, landing a half-pound brook trout during the Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Gray.
Autumn Burnell, 4, of Hollis outfished many of the adults, landing a half-pound brook trout during the Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Gray. Buy Photo
Ryan Carson and his daughter, Skylar, 12, of Gray, jump into the icy water during the Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Gray. Polar Plunge participants raised about $10,000 to benefit the USO, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Patriot Parents.
Ryan Carson and his daughter, Skylar, 12, of Gray, jump into the icy water during the Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Gray. Polar Plunge participants raised about $10,000 to benefit the USO, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Patriot Parents. Buy Photo
Sunlight shines on snow falling from trees in the concessions area at the Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Gray. The derby had been postponed one month because of January's unusually mild weather.
Sunlight shines on snow falling from trees in the concessions area at the Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Gray. The derby had been postponed one month because of January's unusually mild weather. Buy Photo
Matthew Nile, 8, of Harrison, exits Josh Laird's ice fishing shanty during the  Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Gray. A competition was held for the shanty with a best patriotic theme.
Matthew Nile, 8, of Harrison, exits Josh Laird's ice fishing shanty during the Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Gray. A competition was held for the shanty with a best patriotic theme. Buy Photo
Chandler Redmond (left) and his cousin Garret Griffin, both 11, examine an eel they caught during the Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Gray.
Chandler Redmond (left) and his cousin Garret Griffin, both 11, examine an eel they caught during the Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Gray. Buy Photo
The fishing action was slow, so Cooper Fochler and his father, Rick, of Yarmouth, built a fort and challenged friends to a snowball fight during the Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Gray.
The fishing action was slow, so Cooper Fochler and his father, Rick, of Yarmouth, built a fort and challenged friends to a snowball fight during the Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Gray. Buy Photo
Fishermen take their positions during the Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Gray. Proceeds from the derby support Maine's military, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and local schools.
Fishermen take their positions during the Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Gray. Proceeds from the derby support Maine's military, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and local schools. Buy Photo

GRAY, Maine — One month after it was postponed because of thin ice, the third annual Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby was held last Saturday.

Several hundred anglers competed for more than $10,000 in prizes for everything from the biggest fish to the most patriotic ice shanty.

Clint Jones of Casco won the grand prize, hauling in a 3.14-pound brook trout.

Proceeds from the event benefit Maine military families, the Hooked on Fishing program and local schools.

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