Wawa Ice Fishing Derby a Sold Out Success!

Mar 6, 2017 @ 08:14

The 26th Annual Wawa Ice Fishing Derby was a great success! Sold out with 1400 tickets, organizers were pleased with the reception of the new format. For the first time, there were prizes for each lake, and the winner was the largest sport fish, independent of the species. The prizes were only awarded to the top six fish on each lake. There were lake trout, whitefish, pike, walleye and a brook trout entered. Of the top nine fish, 6 were lake trout, 2 were pike and one walleye.

 

The weekend began with the registration, and the draws for extra prizes that had been donated. Winners had to be present to win their prize.

 

 

Saturday, the weather was beautiful and lots and lots of anglers could be seen out on Wawa and Hawk Lake if you were out for a drive. Fish were coming in throughout the afternoon to the delight of the attendees at the Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre.

 

Later that evening the registration draw prizes were drawn after welcoming speeches by Mayor Ron Rody and Rotary Youth Exchange Student Celine Mischke from Herzogenaurach, Germany.

 

 

Celine drew the winning tickets from the barrel stirred by Derby Official Shayne Wardrop. Residents of Wawa were big winners, five tickets were drawn to win $1000 each: Mark Toffner, Jana Strouhlova, Denis Valiere, Derek  Bradley, Gilbert Legace all of Wawa.

 

The winner of this year’s top registration prize of $30,000 is Pauline Neyland. In former years, Pauline would have won a pickup truck, the traditional prize. After the draws, the arena was the scene of a dance, with music provided by Nuit.

 

Scott Popert and Rob Clarke checking the tag and collecting information from the angler about the fish about to be weighed.

 

Scott weighing this fish.

 

Sunday began out bright and sunny, but by lunchtime, the weather had changed. It was now cloudy and there were brief spurts of snow. The fish didn’t seem to mind, they were hungry.

Many fish when they were cleaned still had undigested minnows in their stomachs. Chayse Penno who inspected and cleaned all the fish during the derby weekend, let every angler know what their fish was eating. Chayse was also the creator of the lovely steel roses for sale at the weigh-in station.

 

Finally it was time to give out the prizes for the winners. As reported earlier, the top six sport fish caught on one of the three lakes (Hawk, Wawa and Manitowik Lake) were prize winners. The winner had their choice of prizes, in order of ranking. 1st prize took their choice, and so on down the line. There were a couple of delays as some anglers were not present to choose their prize. Happily, one was reachable by phone with only a short delay, and the other two had left their choice of prize with the Derby Committee.

 

Winners of the 2017 Wawa Ice Fishing Derby are:

Wawa Lake
Hawk Lake
Manitowik Lake
1
7.03
Lake Trout
Michael Brown
15.97
Pike
Jo-anne Chartrand
10.16
Pike
Sylvain Bernard
(Dubreuilville)
2
6.38
Lake Trout
Jamie (Brett) Robinson
(Wawa)
11.03
Walleye
Bonnie White
9.50
Lake Trout
Heather Gagnon
(Dubreuilville)
3
6.16
Lake Trout
Devon Spooner
10.31
Lake Trout
Kris Bain
(Hawk Junction)
9.26
Lake Trout
Chad Schellekens
4
6.09
Lake Trout
Anders Dereski
(Wawa)
7.46
Walleye
Curtis White
9.05
Pike
Norm Savoie
5
5.63
Lake Trout
Colin Gallant
6.65
Pike
Shane Corbeil
8.63
Lake Trout
Robert Elliott
(Wawa)
6
5.35
Lake Trout
Kristan Washburn
6.05
Pike
Tyler Smith
8.21
Pike
Tristan Tuarze
7
5.34
Lake Trout
Tom Moore
(Wawa)
5.63
Pike
Jamie Cousineau
6.83
Lake Trout
James Ruffo
8
5.24
Lake Trout
Carl Case
(Wawa)
5.34
Pike
Ashley Fernandez
6.48
Lake Trout
Wayne Barill
9
4.37
Whitefish
Mike Sim
4.82 – Pike
Christine Hiebert
6.23
Lake Trout
Jacob Grey
10
4.11
Lake Trout
Gilles Begin
(Wawa)
4.63
Lake Trout
Wayne Ruff
6.20
Lake Trout
Terry Shewfelt

 

 

About Brenda Grundt

6 comments

  1. Wow,

    2 massive Walleye numbers out of the whole tournament from a lake that historically doesn’t produce that size walleye…fished there 33 years… Only 2 walleye that made the list…. Same people that win every year… When is it going to end? I quit this tournament because of these people….No one is this good. Those are U.S. fish.

    Brenda – there were two other walleye caught in Hawk Lake – 3.39 – Walleye by Dean (Jarred) Domich of Hawk Junction, and 0.96 – Walleye by David McLaughlin of Sault Ste. Marie (formerly of Wawa). Not as large, but fish do grow.

  2. Heather Gagnon lives in Kapuskasing, formerly from Wawa. We had a wonderful time, the derby was well organized and the weather was perfect. I recommend this derby to anyone or everyone.
    Thank you organizers for your hard work and volunteered time.!
    Heather Gagnon
    Alex Mair
    Cathy Denomme
    Jean Guy Denomme

  3. Sorry but the weight and size of those walleye are not possible they are record fish for that lake should be in
    The Guinness book. I have fished there summer and winter for over 25 years and there has never been that big of walleye in that lake . Pike yes for sure. Should have bought pike instead. Would have passed no question.

  4. Debbie , Bruce and Peter Banks

    We had a wonderful weekend! No fish but so much fun! Kudos go out to the amazing Organizers and wonderful Volunteers who give their time for us all. Loved getting to Wawa Lake first thing in the morning and being greeted with a huge smile and a good luck. Thanks to all!

  5. my dad joe used to catch 10lb to 12lb pickeral in hawk lake all the time in the late 70s and early 80s.