Left to Right: Earl Simmons (Head Fish Measurer), Dennis McGuffin (V.P. LDB ICE), Daniel Coyne (Winner), Cyndie Mitchell (G.M. LDB ICE)

The 11th Annual Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby took place on Saturday, March 4th on the Winnipeg River, just off the Lac du Bonnet Town Dock.

Despite the high winds, anglers fished 1087 holes catching 122 fish during the three-hour event. $48,000 in cash in prizes were won by 79 lucky anglers.

Congratulations to our top 11 winners:

1st Prize – $10,000 – Daniel Coyne

2nd Prize – $3,000 – Jordan Wishnowski

3rd Prize – $2,000 – Cliff Pockett

4th Prize – $1,500 – Josh Lepage

5th Prize – $1000 – Emily Hryciw

6th Prize – $500 – Al Basil

7th Prize – $500 – Jamie Haliday

8th Prize – $500 – Zoel Dypasquier

9th Prize – $500 – Don Meurrens

10th Prize – $500 – John Bear

Longest Fish Prize – Trip for two to Eagle Nest Lodge valued at $2500 – Cliff Pocket with a 70 cm fish

During the event, we had numerous displays and on-ice activities. The SnoBear Canada team gave anglers rides in a SnoBear, the Lac du Bonnet Fire Department was handing out goodies to kids as they arrived on ice and gave rides on their Argo, a tracked amphibious vehicle. Clam, Cabela’s and Eagle Lake Floating Vacations all participated in on-ice demonstrations. The RM100 Committee joined us on the ice this year as well, in celebration of the RM Centennial, handing out cupcakes and hot chocolate. Bigg Smoak BBQ was there serving up some of Manitoba’s best Southern Styled BBQ; and Corybantic Music Services paired up with M.C. Extraordinaire Dave Ogren to provide our anglers with on-ice entertainment, games, and tons of prizes and giveaways.

The Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby is proud to provide a family-friendly event that helps support local non-profit organizations and charities.  In our first 10 years of operation we are pleased to have provided a total of $110,165 in support to our community and surrounding areas. The Granting Process for 2017 will start in the upcoming week. Applications for the 2017 Lac du Bonnet Grant Program will be available online by March 10, 2017.

In addition, the 2017 Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby Bursary Applications are available online at ldbice.ca. We are proud to announce that we have up to two $1000.00 bursaries available this year for graduating students.

The Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby thanks, all of the volunteers who endured the wind to help us run another successful event! We’d also like to send out our heartfelt gratitude to all of our sponsors and supporters. LaVerendrye Trading Company, NCI FM, Sunspace Sunrooms, Eagle Nest Lodge, Cabela’s, Eagle Lake Floating Vacations, Manitoba Hydro, Powerhouse Sports, SnoBear Canada/Warner Industries, Town of Lac du Bonnet, Columbia Sportwear Company, Clam and more. The generosity and support we received from you was amazing! Our continued success relies on the continued support of our community volunteers and sponsors, so again thank you to all.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the 11th Annual Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby.

We hope to see you all again on March 3, 2018, for another chance to win over $45,000 in cash and prizes!