The Lake Frances Ice Fishing Derby is on track for Saturday, Jan. 16.  Even in the “socially distanced” times this event is easily able to accommodate participants in a healthy manner.  This derby is one of the first major fishing derbies of the season and has grown to be one of the most popular for ice fishermen and women from across the state with around 400 registered fishermen the last few years. 

Registration is just $20  and all the registration fees are returned to the top three winners for heaviest Pike and Perch.  

Youth 14 and under are eligible for a cash prize as well as still being eligible for the top prizes.  Last year the first place winners each took home nearly $2,000 in cash!  

The associated raffle is of interest to both fishermen and non-fishermen with a wide array of items and the opportunity to support the Valier community and win a prize.  There are dozens of prizes to be awarded for those who purchase raffle tickets. Last year there were nearly 90 prizes!  

While prize donations are still being gathered, the Valier Area Development Corporation (VADC) has already secured several prizes. Top prizes include a Vexilar FL-18 fish finder, an Ion electric ice auger, and a Smith and Wesson AR style 22LR  rifle.  

Other prizes include fishing poles, guided fishing trip, dinner for two,  T-shirts, tools, caps and insulated gloves, fishing tackle and ice huts, gift certificates from many businesses and sporting goods stores, beef bundle, and much more. Funds raised from the raffle go to the VADC to be used for Lake and campground area fix ups and their other community projects.  

Registration and raffle tickets are on sale now in Valier at Curry’s, DeVoe’s, and Froggies; in Cut Bank at  Norman’s Outdoor Sports; and in Great Falls at the North 40 stores and Roberts Bait.  Tickets are also available online at Eventbrite. 

On Friday night Jan. 15, registration will be available at One Stop and at Froggies in Valier beginning at 5 p.m. and on Saturday morning beginning at 6 a.m. at One Stop and at the Firemen’s Pavilion at Lake Frances. 

More information on website Valier.org or on the Valier Area Development Corp Facebook page. 

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