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Over 800 Expected For Cranberry Lake Ice Fishing Derby

Sponsored by the Cranberry Lake, New York, Fire & Rescue Department, the 2013 ‘Last Chance’ Cranberry Lake Ice Fishing Derby is expected to attract over 800 participants. Scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2013, the tournament is in its fourth year. The tournament runs from 7 am to 3 pm.

Known for its legendary fishing, Cranberry Lake is the third largest lake in the Adirondacks and one of the most popular fishing destinations, both summer and winter.

According to Fire Chief, Emmett Duprey, “The remarkable fishing, along with the generous prizes, has made this one of the most memorable ice fishing tournaments in the North Country & Adirondacks.”

“Once again, we look forward to welcoming ice fisherman from all over the North Country & Canada. It’s always a remarkable day and lots of fun for the whole family,” Duprey said.

Due to the size of the tournament, organizers strongly recommend early registration by mail. Entry fees are $30 for adults, and $10 for the children’s perch derby. Early registrations postmarked by February 25th, 2013 are eligible for a $250 prepaid VISA card.

Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st – 5th place for the children’s (12 and under) perch derby. Every child who enters will receive a prize.

In the adult category, up to $800 per hour in prize money will be awarded. In addition to cash prizes, dozens of door prizes will be awarded. Up to $10,000 in total cash & prizes will be awarded during the derby.

Registration forms and derby rules are available at, or email Updates are available on Facebook at

Cranberry Lake Fire & Rescue Department “Last Chance” Ice Fishing Derby Fact Sheet

Tournament started in 2010

2012 Facts

698 Participants 3,490 holes drilled Largest Fish – 21 lbs. 2 oz. Northern Pike

Prizes for 2013 Derby: Up to $10,000*

Largest fish since beginning of tournament Year – 2011 – 24 lbs.

Cranberry Lake:

Located in the western part of the Adirondack Park on the Oswegatchie River, the hamlet of Cranberry Lake, New York and the lake itself were named for the cranberry bogs the lake once contained.

Cranberry Lake is the third largest lake in the Adirondacks.

Length 8.6 miles Width 3.8 miles Surface Area: 6,975 acres Max. Depth 38 feet Shore Length 55 miles Surface Elevation 1,480 feet

World’s Largest Ice Fishing Tournament: Currently, the world’s largest contest is held on Gull Lake, north of Brainerd, Minnesota, in January of each year. The contest has over 15,000 anglers and drills over 20,000 holes for the contest.

*Prize totals are estimates only, based on the total number of registered fisherman.

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