January 18 - January 20, 2014

Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Derby


The annual Ice Fishing Derby has been held at Saratoga Lake the third weekend of January every year since 1983. Compete for more than $6,000 in cash prizes. Keep your eyes open for a bounty fish and the first fish caught in the derby wins $500. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce (307) 326-8855

Prove your skills at Saratoga Lake in Saratoga, Wyoming while competing for over $6000 in cash prizes.  Hourly cash awards of $100 will be awarded for the largest fish measured that hour. The big prize money is $2000 cash for first place, $1000 cash for second and $500 cash for third.  Small Fry (under age 14) can enter the contest for a chance to win the grand prize of a $200 savings bond and a merchandise package, as well as hourly awards of $20 cash. Door prizes will also be given each hour.  And keep your eyes open for the bounty fish, a fish with a pink tag behind the dorsal fin—the first bounty fish to be caught during the derby is worth $500 cash!

Registration is $30 for Adults and $10 for Small Fry (under 14). You may register at local businesses that sell fishing licenses. You may also register at the Chamber office (210 W. Elm in the Platte Valley Community Center) on Friday night until 8 pm or at the lake on Saturday morning starting at 6 a.m.

The derby hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.