1. Fish by the Rules

a) All provisions of the Fisheries Act of Canada, the Fisheries Act of Manitoba, and the Manitoba Fisheries Regulations must be adhered to. Unruly actions of any kind will not be tolerated. Failure to comply with the Derby rules or other misbehaviors will result in disqualification and removal from the Derby site.

b) All competitive fishing event participants must adhere to Manitoba Fishery Regulations, 1987 and provincial and federal Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) regulations. For more information please review the Manitoba Angler’s Guide.

2. Entry fees:

Early Bird Prices: purchase your tickets on or before Feb 9, 2020, and save:

$60 Adult
$25 Child (age 15 and under)
$25 Second Hole
$175 Family (Includes 2 adults and 3 Children age 15 or under)

Regular Pricing: purchase your tickets between February 10 and February 29:

$80 Adult
$30 Child (age 15 and under)
$30 Second Hole
$220 Family (Includes 2 adults and up to 3 Children age 15 or under)

3. Tickets, Derby Location and General Information:

a) Tickets may be pre-purchased at various locations (in Winnipeg, Selkirk and Lac du Bonnet and others), online at www.ldbice.ca, or at the registration desk at The Lakeview Hotel on Park Ave on the day of the event. A second hole may be purchased at a reduced cost as set out by the derby officials, providing a main entry ticket is purchased first and is presented at the time of sale.

b) Tickets are non-refundable, and participants may not angle with entry tickets purchased in the name of other individuals. Tickets purchased prior to the start of the event may be transferred to another individual at the registration desk on the day of the event.

c) No motorized vehicles will be allowed within the perimeter of the Derby site other than those authorized by Derby Officials. Transportation to and from the main entrance and the Derby site will be provided to those with special needs. Off-road vehicle parking will only be allowed in the designated off-road parking area on the east side of the derby grid.

d) Participants must be pre-registered prior to fishing and must enter the fishing area through the main entrance at the town dock or at the off-road vehicle check-in point on the east side of the derby grid. Participants must have tickets clearly visible upon entry or you will not be permitted to enter the Derby site.

e) Only ticket holders and derby officials are permitted in the designated fishing area. In circumstances where a participant requires an on-ice escort, arrangements can be made by contacting derby officials prior to the event.

f) All coolers, pails, packs, boxes, portable tents, structures and other equipment is subject to inspection by Derby Officials before entering Derby site, as well as any time during the event.

g) The Derby will take place from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on February 29, 2020. Participants will be permitted on the ice at 8:30 a.m. to secure their angling hole. Bucket Tags must be clearly displayed at any reserved hole between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Only holes drilled in Derby grid and drilled by the Derby committee are eligible to be fished.

h) Groups of 15 participants or more who wish to fish together may pre-reserve an area by contacting the Derby manager prior to the event.

i) No pre-fishing will be allowed in the Derby area 30 hours before the start of the Derby.

j) Angling may not take place prior to the 10:30 a.m. start time and must stop at 1:30 p.m. No fishing line shall go in the water until the beginning of the Derby at 10:30 a.m.

k) Electronic Devices may be used by participants during the Derby. Electronic devices may be used as of 8:30 a.m. for the determination of depth in selecting a hole, as well to assist in fishing throughout the derby.

l) Participants are restricted to the use of one fishing line per hole per entry ticket and may occupy or reserve only as many holes as that Participant has purchased tickets (maximum of 2). Only Participants with entry tickets may angle and may not have any other person angle on their behalf at any time during the Derby.

m) If you have to leave the fishing area for any reason, you must exit and enter through the main entrance at the town dock or at the off-road vehicle check-in point on the east side of the derby grid.

n) Portable tents, portable structures, windbreaks, and barriers may be used by participants. No tent or other enclosed structure shall be erected before the 10:30 a.m. start of the derby. Structures must be placed over existing holes and no additional holes will be allowed to accommodate portable tents or structures. Derby officials reserve the right to open and inspect inside any structure at any time.

4. Prize Structure:

1st – $10,000
2nd – $3,000
3rd – $2,000
4th – $1,500
5th – $1,000
6th to 10th – $500 each

11th to 65th – Random Prize Draws

K1 to K20 – Kids Random Prize Draws

Longest Fish – Merchandise Prize valued at $2,500

Early Bird Prize – An early bird prize or prizes, as determined by derby officials, will be awarded through random draw of all registered tickets, purchased or given, by the early bird deadline.

5. Fish Measuring Process:

a) Fish will be measured by Derby Officials only. Derby Officials will be stationed at various event locations.

b) Participants are to announce they have a fish from their location/hole and wait for a Derby Official to go to the Participant.

c) Derby Official will measure the total length and determine the time the fish was caught. As per the Manitoba Angler’s Guide, total fish length is measured from the most anterior part of the head to the most posterior part of the tail laid flat (i.e. not pinched). The total length of the fish will be measured to the longest centimeter. (i.e. A fish measuring 25.0 to 25.9cm will be recorded as 25.0 cm.)

d) The information will be recorded by the Derby official and initialed by the Participant as verification of the information.

e) As all fish are to be released immediately after measurement and will not be in the Participant’s possession, all fish are eligible for entry regardless of size. Under no circumstances are any participants allowed to keep their fish.

6. Prize Award Procedure:

a) Prizes will be awarded at an award ceremony at the Lac du Bonnet Community Hall immediately following the Derby. Due to Hall capacity, the award ceremony will be limited to those catching fish, and other Participants up to a maximum of 550 people.

b) The first ten prizes will be awarded based on pre-determined randomly selected hidden lengths and times of fish angled in the event, independent of species. The random lengths and associated times are determined by an independent person prior to the start of the event and are kept in a sealed envelope until the end of the Derby.

c) Winning entries for the hidden length and time will be based on the following priority: length then time. The Chief Judge and the Derby President (or their designate) will review all fish lengths and times to determine the winners of the hidden length and time. In the event of more than one winner, in both length and time, the prize will be divided equally amongst all winners.

d) An entry is eligible for one prize only (the prize with the higher value) in the hidden length and time category. A “Second Hole Ticket” not only doubles your chances to catch a fish but also qualifies you to win two prizes.

e) The longest fish will be determined by length regardless of species. In the event of a tie in length, the fish caught first will be determined the winner. Should a tie still exist, tied Participants will cut cards to determine the winner.

f) Participants do not have to catch a fish to be eligible for the random prize draws and do not need to be present to collect prizes. Costs incurred in prize delivery will be the responsibility of the winner.

g) Prizes will be based on a minimum of 500 Derby entries. Derby Officials reserve the right to reduce prizes should less than 500 entries be made.

7. Cancellations and Delays:

a) Derby Officials have the right to delay or shorten the tournament, subject to weather or safety conditions.

b) Should inclement weather or unsafe ice conditions cause Derby cancellation on February 29, 2020, the Derby will be held on March 7, 2020. Should unsafe conditions still exist on that date, all prizes (excluding longest fish) will be awarded through a public random draw on March 14, 2020. Time and place will be posted on Derby website.

c) Official cancellation notices will be posted on Derby website.

8. Disputes and Rule Interpretation:

a) It is the intent of the Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby Committee to provide an honest sportsman-like Derby. In the interest of good sportsmanship, contestants are reminded that the “spirit of the rule” shall apply. In the event any dispute arises in relation to these rules and the dispute is not resolved by negotiation, the Derby Committee will have the final say.

9. Event Photography and Videography

a) The Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby is a public event and you may be photographed or recorded by other means during the Derby or surrounding activities. The Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby Committee reserves the right to use photographs, videos, and other recorded media taken during the Derby or surrounding activities for use in their publications, website and other means for promotional purposes. No compensation or remuneration of any kind will be paid for the use of any photography, video, or other recorded media taken as a result of your attendance at the Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby and surrounding activities.

10. Indemnity

a) All participants indemnify and hold harmless the Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby Committee and its’ officials with respect to any death, injury, damage, fire, theft, loss or other claims arising before, during, or after from this competitive fishing event.