WILTON — The Wilton Fish & Game will hold its second annual Michael J. Rowe Memorial Ice Fishing Derby on Wilson Lake on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The Derby Committee has everything ready for the MDIFW Free Family Fishing Day, which means anglers are not required to have a fishing license. Everyone can take part.

The registration fee is $5 and tickets are available at Shelly’s Hometown Market in East Wilton and Wilton Hardware, Main Street.

This year the first 50 registered youths will receive a grab bag and all other youths will receive a surprise. They must remember to bring their registration ticket to the registration shack to pick up the surprise from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. the day of the derby. Tickets may also be purchased at the shack the day of the derby.

Those who would like to learn how to fish may go to the boat launch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for instructions. No experience is required, and bait and equipment will be provided.

A snowshoe event will begin at 10 a.m., weather permitting. There will be three classes for cash prizes: Adult, youth (ages 12 to 17) and younger than 12.

In addition to derby prizes, members will raffle a commemorative breast cancer edition box of five pink Max Traps. All proceeds will go toward a scholarship to a graduating senior in the Mt. Blue Forster Forestry Program in memory of Michael J. Rowe, who was killed in a woods accident.

In the adult categories for the togue, trout or salmon, the person who catches the largest fish will receive an Eskimo Quick Fish two shelter. The winner of the remaining species can select from $50, pack basket, jig pole and reel or $50, Mt. Abram tubing tickets and two one-pound lobsters.

The heaviest overall fish caught of all the youth categories of togue, trout, salmon, pickerel and bass will receive a commemorative box of Max Traps in memory of Michael J. Rowe. In each of the five classes the heaviest fish will receive $25, a Max Trap rigged and ready to go, bucket buddy, skimmer, dip net and two movie passes.

There is a special surprise for the smallest fish caught.

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine has donated a free youth lifetime fishing license for the winner. All prizes will be drawn at the end of weigh-in at 4 p.m. at the boat launch.

Area organizations and businesses have been generous in their support of the derby.

The youth shooting league will be on site with their food booth and lunch and snacks will be available throughout the day. The fundraiser will support their shooting program.

FMI: 207-778-2450.


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