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Black Lake Ice Fishing Derby "Huge Success"

From the outer worldly pink sunrise to the slims at the weigh-in stations the Black Lake Ice Fishing Derby called call a huge success with an exclamation point by Director Rich Rupert.

A huge highlighted by the catch of the day...a 38 inch 14.5-pound Northern Pike caught by Kevin Koerick.

"We had 321 fisherman in the derby. Door prizes were won by fisherman as they bought their fish to one of the three weigh stations that were located on the ice at Roll Away Bay, Chapman's Sports, Black Lake Marine and at the Black Lake Fish and Game Club," said Rupert.

"Community support for the event was amazing. A big thank you to several of our bigger local donors including Roger's Construction, Mel McClear, the Fishbone Cafe, Paul Milsap and Todd Hunter. There are way too many other local campgrounds and businesses to mention. A huge success, thanks to the community for their immense support of the BLFGC. Also awarded was a free fish mount donated by Kevin MacDonald from Reel deal Taxidermy to the biggest pike caught by a kid and a fishing charter for four was donated by Mike McCarthy of the Irish Rover Fishing Charter. Both of these are wonderful donations there are too many other generous businesses to list here!!

The $1000 Luck of the Draw prize was won by Angel Durgan and four adult $200 prizes, four $100 kids prizes and four $50 prizes were awarded. The kid's prizes were awarded to participants. The full ice fishing package raffle was won by Larry Kanaly of Morristown.


Ice fisherman are well known for their comraderie and desire to make another angler's.

Rupert tells the story of how one young girl brightened the day fellow participant.

"I had two young girls come to my check station for the Black Lake Derby at different times. They both had pike that were just barely under 26 inches.

I only had one pike at the time so I took them as entries. The first little girl about six years old was thrilled that she could win money as she was trying to save for "An American Girl" doll. The two girls were going to split the $50. Until Sydney LaJoy found out that the girl wanted that doll. Sydney gave up her part of the prize so the other girl could get her doll as she already had one.

"This is an amazing gesture."

This 38" and 14.5 pounds pike caught by Kevin Koerick was the largest fish of the day at the Black Lake Ice Fishing Derby..

Sydney LaJoy weighed in a pike which earned a share of a $50 prize which se donaated to an other young girl so she could buy a doll she really wanted.

Joey Breen was a happy angler when he weighed in this nice pike at the Black Lake Ice Fishing Derby.

Anglers on the ice at dawn were treated to a celestial light show.

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