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Saratoga Ice Fishing Derby January 16 and 17

Get Hooked! at the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 32nd annual Saratoga Ice Fishing Derby. January 16th and 17th will be your opportunity to compete for the $2000.00 first prize for catching the largest fish during the two-day derby. Prove your skills at Saratoga Lake in Saratoga, Wyoming while competing for over $6000.00 in guaranteed cash prizes and up to $35,000 in additional prize money. The prize money for largest fish caught is $2000 for first place, $1000 for second and $500 for third.

Registered fishermen have a more opportunities to win—catch one of only three Trophy Fish during the Derby and it could be worth $20,000 or $10,000 or $5,000! Keep your eyes open for the many Bounty Fish-- a fish with a pink tag behind the dorsal fin—the first Bounty Fish to be caught and verified during the derby and is worth $500!

Hourly cash awards of $100.00 will be awarded for the largest fish measured that hour. Small fry (under age 14) can enter the contest for a chance to win the grand prize of $200.00, as well as hourly awards of $20.00. Fantastic door prizes will also be given each hour.

Back by popular demand, a "Best Hut" contest for the most creative, eye-catching and yet still legal hut will win braggin’ rights for a year! Fishermen are encouraged to stop at the Derby Tent to share their "Best Fishing Story". Whether it’s about the one that got away, or a close call with death, the winning story will be added to our website!

Derby hours are 7 am to 5 pm Saturday and 7 am to 2 pm Sunday. Registration is $35 for adult anglers and $10 for small fry. Food and beverage concessions are available at the lake all weekend, too. Make your lodging arrangements as soon as possible since local motels and Saratoga Lake campground fill up fast.

Online registration is available this year! Just go fill out the form at , pay by credit card, print your receipt and you’re ready to go. You can register in person at the Saratoga / Platte Valley Chamber office at 210 West Elm Street in Saratoga during office hours and on Friday night January 15th until 8 p.m., or at the lake Saturday morning starting at 6 am. You can also register at our local retail stores in Saratoga and Riverside that sell fishing licenses. For more information, please call 307-326-8855 email or go to
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