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Big Fish Winter Derby March 5 & 6
March 4, 2016

The Pinedale Boat Club Big Fish Winter Derby will be held at Fremont Lake, Pinedale, Wyoming on the weekend of Saturday, March 5th and Sunday, March 6th, 2016.

Only fish, freshly caught through the ice in Fremont Lake and meeting the size limitations set forth in the Rules and Regulations are eligible for prizes. The hours of the Derby are: Saturday, March 5th - 7:00am to 4:00pm Sunday, March 6th - 7:00am to 2:00pm.

Headquarters and Weigh-ins
Derby headquarters will be at Lakeside Lodge on the south end of Fremont Lake. Each entrant must check in at Derby headquarters prior to fishing each day. Fishing is not allowed before 7:00am. Fish caught earlier than 7:00am will not be accepted for entry in the Derby and will result in immediate disqualification of the entrant and forfeiture of all prizes. All fish entered must be weighed-in and scored at Lakeside Lodge. Frozen fish will not be accepted for entry in the Derby. Entries will not be accepted after 4:00pm on Saturday, March 5th or 2:00pm on Sunday, March 6th. Weigh-ins and scoring will be conducted by Derby Officials, whose decisions shall be final and binding.

Fees, Registration and G&F Rules
Entrants must have a valid 2016 Wyoming fishing license and conservation stamp in their possession during the hours of the Derby. All Wyoming Fishing Regulations and creel limits1 applicable to Fremont Lake shall apply and will be enforced by Game and Fish personnel. Live fish bait is not allowed. The entry fees for the Pinedale Boat Club Big Fish Winter Derby are as follows: Boat Club Members - $20.00 Non-Members - $40.00 Note: A single Boat Club membership is included in the price of non-member registration. Registration for the Derby will be held at Derby headquarters on Fremont Lake beginning at 6:00am on the day of the Event.

Registration for the Derby will be held on Friday, March 4th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the V.F.W, 30 West Pine Street in Pinedale, Wyoming. Entrants also may register at Derby headquarters on Fremont Lake beginning at 6:00am on the days of the Event. Must check in at headquarters before heading out on the lake. Check in 6:00am or after each morning of Derby.

Prizes and Size Limits
Prizes will be awarded on an hourly and daily basis for the biggest fish caught. The biggest fish will be determined by weight. To enter, a fish must meet the following size limitations: Lake Trout - 24" or longer Brown Trout - 16" or longer Rainbow Trout - 16" or longer Fish not meeting the size limits should be released. Children under 15 may enter fish in the Youth Big Fish division with fish that are 12" or longer. Wyoming creel limits provide that an individual may possess six (6) trout and "only one (1) lake trout shall exceed twenty four (24) inches." Accordingly, anyone entering a lake trout, 24" or longer, in the Big Fish category may not enter another lake trout, 24" or longer on the same day, as that would violate the participantís daily limit. Culling (releasing previously caught fish to maintain creel limit) is illegal and will result in disqualification. Entrants, however, can continue to participate that day and enter brown or rainbow trout.

The categories and prizes are as follows:
Daily Big Fish Grand Prize - $1,000.00
Second Place - $ 400.00
Third Place - $ 200.00
Fourth Place - $ 150.00
Brown - $ 200.00
Rainbow - $ 200.00
Hourly Big Fish - $ 100.00

Youth Daily Big Fish (under 14)
Grand Prize - $ 100.00
Second Place - Fishing Rod & Reel
Third Place - Fishing Gear

Note: Any fish entered in the Derby is considered "reduced to possession" under the Wyoming fishing regulations, and cannot be released.
Note: Possession limits means the maximum number of game fish that may legally be in possession at any time in any form. Game fish in transit or storage, including home or domicile, shall be considered in possession. Possession limits apply regardless of how many days an angler has fished.
Note: The daily big fish winner of the $1,000.00 Grand Prize will not be eligible for the hourly Big Fish prizes, but may enter the Brown and/or Rainbow Trout Big Fish category subject to creel limit provisions.

Entries in the Hourly Big Fish category must be freshly caught and promptly entered. If no fish are entered during any hourly period, the second largest fish from the preceding hour will be awarded the current hourly prize. If the following hourly period again has no entries, the third largest fish from the prior hourly period will be awarded that hours prize, and so on. In the event there are no prior entries, the hourly prize will accumulate and roll over until a winner is determined.

Disclaimers and Restrictions
Automobiles, trucks, and pets are prohibited on the ice, unless specifically authorized by Derby officials. Do not litter the lake, ice or adjacent area. Do not throw cigarette butts in the lake or on the ice. Entrants are expected to practice good sportsmanship and conduct themselves in a responsible and safe manner. Violation of these Rules and Regulations, or violation of Wyoming Fishing or Boating Regulations, will result in disqualification and forfeiture of all prizes. Each entrant assumes all risks and liabilities. The Pinedale Boat Club disclaims responsibility for any and all personal injury or other liability that might occur as a result of participation in this Derby.

For more information, call or email Grant 307-760-5710,

Click here for a printable version of the Rules & Regulations (PDF)

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