Deb and Jeff Rowe congratulate Charlie Brann, winner of the youth prize in the 2020 Michael J. Rowe Memorial Ice Fishing Derby. This year’s event will be February 13 on Wilson Lake in Wilton. Submitted photo

WILTON — The Wilton Fish & Game Association’s 7th Annual Michael J. Rowe Memorial Ice Fishing Derby on Wilson Lake is quickly approaching. The event will be held Saturday, February 13, at Wilson Lake. The event coincides with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Free Fishing Weekend. This means that any person (except those whose license has been suspended or revoked) may fish without a fishing license. Everyone can come enjoy the fun.

The first 50 youth to come to the registration shack with a ticket on the day of the event will get a free grab bag full of valuable items.

All CDC coronavirus guidelines will be followed to protect both anglers and event volunteers. Many door prizes will be given away as part of the event, but to promote social distancing and avoid a crowd at the boat launch, all door prizes will be announced on Facebook Live at 2:30 p.m. and Derby fishing winners will be announced on Facebook Live at 4 p.m.

All youth registrations (15 and under) will be included in a drawing for a lifetime fishing license. Other prizes include fishing and outdoor gear, and gift certificates from area businesses. There will also be a 50/50 drawing.

Adult fishing prizes, will be awarded in three categories: Brook Trout, Togue and Salmon (must be at least 16 inches per derby permit). First place is an Eskimo gas auger. Second place is Jet Sled. Third place is a two-person tree stand.

Youth prizes include a boxed set of Max-traps for the heaviest fish. Other categories will get a pack basket, with a one Max-trap and a bait pail. There will be a special prize for smallest fish (no bait fish).

Hot food will be available from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration opens at 6 a.m. and continues to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 the day of the event at the Wilson Lake boat launch area. Tickets are also available in advance at Shelly’s Hometown Market, Backwoods Bait and Tackle in Chesterville, Wilton Hardware in Wilton, Our Village Market in New Vineyard, Steve’s Family Market in Dryden, and Robin’s Bait Shop in Jay. The event is also sponsored by Ross and Maureen Clair of Wood-Mizer LLC in Chesterville.

The 7th Annual Michael J. Rowe Memorial Ice Fishing Derby is held in memory of Michael J. Rowe, who was killed in a tragic woods accident. For more information, visit, like the club’s Facebook page, or phone Jaci Maxham at 207-491-0780.

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