NORWAY – The Norway-Paris Fish and Game’s 35th annual Ice Fishing Derby on the weekend of Feb. 26 and 27 was said to be another successful fund-raising event.

Fishermen were active all over the region and some of the categories were not decided until sunset on Sunday afternoon. The derby headquarters at the Little Red School House on Norway Lake was a bustling place as families and friends of the Norway-Paris Fish and Game stopped by for lunch and conversation.

Six categories yielded $50 first prizes for the largest fish by weight. Three trophies were also awarded to kids age 12 (juniors) or younger and several consolation prizes were drawn from the bucket of tickets. Smedberg’s Crystal Spring Farm donated a free bait pail and a dozen shiners to the first 10 kids to weigh a fish.

The big story this year was young Carrie Cressy, who, after taking first place in two categories last year, came back this year to win the biggest brown trout overall as well as two junior division trophies for pickerel and bass.

Tyler Leonard was also a repeat winner from a year ago and in the same class. Leonard’s 4 pound, 4 ounce lake trout was not as large as last year’s 8-pound lunker, but he remains the man to beat in the lake trout category.

Trophies and prizes will be given at the Thursday, March 17, meeting at the Little Red School House. The sum of $50 will be to each winner, and junior winners will receive a trophy.

Winners were announced as follows: brook troutsplake, overall winner. Steve Harrington; junior winner, Abigail Rogers; brown trout, Carrie Cressy, no entry; togue, Tyler Leonard, no entry; salmon, Greg Martin, no entry; pickerel, Dan Mosley, Carrie Cressey; bass, Troy Harps, Carrie Cressy; other, cusk, Julian Lefebvre; plaque for the biggest junior fish, Carrie Cressy.

Consolation prizes went to Matt Truman, Ned Truman, Harry Glover, Dave Perley, Stan Parsons, Peggy Truman, Don Roberts, Richard Cormier, Cheyenne Francis and Nick Barker.

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