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January 19-20, 2013  

Annual Events Community Calendar




photo courtesy of Noel V. Hayes





photo courtesy of Roy Torres






The annual Ice Fishing Derby is held at Saratoga Lake the third weekend of January every year.  This will be the 30th annual derby.

Special anniversary events include crowning of "Kings and Queens of the Derby", storytelling, commemorative t-shirts, "Hole of Fame" and a women's division competing for their own cash prizes!  Be sure to get a schedule of events when you register.

Prove your skills at Saratoga Lake in Saratoga, Wyoming while competing for over $6000 in cash prizes.  Hourly cash awards of $100 will be awarded for the largest fish measured that hour.  The big prize money is $2000 cash for first place, $1000 cash for second and $500 cash for third.  Small Fry (under age 14) can enter the contest for a chance to win the grand prize of a $200 savings bond and a merchandise package, as well as hourly awards of $20 cash.  Door prizes will also be given each hour.  And keep your eyes open for the bounty fish, a fish with a pink tag behind the dorsal fin—the first bounty fish to be caught during the derby is worth $500 cash!

Registration is $30 for Adults and $10 for Small Fry (under 14).  You may register at local businesses that sell fishing licenses.  You may also register at the Chamber office (210 W. Elm in the Platte Valley Community Center) on Friday night until 8 pm or at the lake on Saturday morning starting at 6 am.

The derby hours are 7 am to 5 pm Saturday and 7 am to 2 pm Sunday.

Fishing Derby Rules and Prize Information

Contests for "Best Hut" and "Best Fish Story"



Robin Gloss

2012 "Best Hut" Winner


Roy Torres

2012 "Best Fish Story" Winner



Derby Flyer



2012 1st Place winner of $2000!

Josh Yates of Loveland, CO

24.75" length + 12.5 " girth =     37.25          


2011 1st place winner of $2000!

 Desmond Rivera, Jr. of Laramie, WY
" length + 13.6" girth = 37.9


2009 Small Fry Derby winner

Marcus Bryson of Cheyenne, WY

18.2" long, 9.75" girth, 2.16 pounds


Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce  

 210 West Elm Street     ~     P.O. Box 1095     ~     Saratoga, WY  82331         

(307) 326-8855       info@saratogachamber.info