Join Retreat Farm for the annual Fishing Derby on the Retreat Meadows!
Grab your fishing gear, a thermos, and your lunch and head to the Retreat Meadows for a fun-filled day of ice fishing. Prizes will be awarded by age class. Registration online starting at 5:30 am on the ice.
This event is free!
Juniors (age 14 and under) | Adults (14 and up)
Participants age 15 years or older must have a valid fishing license.
The Derby will be held Saturday, February 23rd from 6am – 3pm on the Retreat Meadows.
All fish must be registered by the person that caught them. You may not give a fish to another contestant to register. Exceptions will be made prior to the start of the tournament for handicap and elderly participants.
Competition tickets are required for registering fish and collecting grand and raffle prizes.
Contestants are encouraged to bring a 5 gallon bucket and water scoop to transport the fish caught from your hole to the weigh in station to help keep fish alive. There will be a release hole by the judges table.
Fish are judged based on length. In the case of a tie, the earliest entry breaks the tie.
All fish must be caught and on the way to the judges table by 3:00 p.m.
All contestants must comply with VT Fish and Wildlife Department laws. Only in-season and legal length fish will be allowed.
All contestants 15 years and older must have a valid VT Fishing License.
Portable and permanent fishing shelters are allowed.
There are certain inherent risks and dangers associated with ice fishing. Retreat Farm is not liable for any injury or loss of life of property. All contestants are responsible for their own safety and knowledge of their surroundings.
Failure to comply with any of the contest rules subjects the contestant to disqualification & removal from the competition site, as determined by derby officials. Right to refuse or revoke a competition ticket to anyone is hereby reserved to derby officials.