Chilly Jiggers Ice Fishing Derby

See if you can catch the next big thing while enjoying this time-honored Wisco tradition! During the derby, we’ll host a pig roast, Tito’s Bloody Mary bar, piped-in music, and prizes for the biggest catches and best-dressed shanty! We’re also collecting cans of tuna for the Walworth County Food Pantry.  For every three cans of tuna you turn in, you’ll receive a drink ticket for a Tito’s Bloody Mary, Montucky Cold Snacks beer, or a coffee or hot cocoa. Read below for details.

WHEN: Saturday, February 2, 2019 |  dawn – 3pm | 3pm live music | 4pm awards presentation
WHERE: The Ridge Hotel Marina
PRICE: $50 per team through January 14, 2019 | $75 after January 14

To reserve your place in the Ice Fishing Derby, call 262.249.3800.

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Ice Fishing Derby Questions

How many people can be on a team?
Each team can have up to four contestants.  Any children under age 18 must be accompanied/partnered with an adult age 18 or older.

What are the categories?
Biggest “big” fish (e.g., Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike) and biggest “little” fish (e.g., Bluegill, Perch, and Sunfish) based on combined length and weight.  We will also have prizes for the Best Shanty Design and Closest to the Pin (on our 100-yard green on ice).  We’ll track catches on our leaderboard and document with photos.

What are the prizes?
Winners of the top two fish categories will win $500 in Ridge Hotel gift cards, which may be redeemed for overnight stays, dining, marina boat rentals, salon/spa or fitness club/pool memberships, a custom trophy, and some seriously cool bragging rights.  Best Shanty Design, Closest to the Pin, and Top Team Spirit prizes TBD.

How does the event benefit the Walworth County Food Pantry?
We are collecting cans of tuna for the Walworth County Food Pantry, as tuna is expensive and rarely donated.  For every three cans of tuna you donate, we will provide you a drink ticket for a Tito’s Bloody Mary, Montucky Cold Snacks brew, coffee or hot cocoa, while supplies last.

Must everyone on the team have a Wisconsin fishing license?
Yes, unless they are under age 16.  To purchase your license online, click here.  At this point, we will not be selling licenses at the event.

Will an outfitter be on site?  
We are currently seeking an outfitter to sell ice fishing equipment during the event.

Will there be any refreshments available?
Yes, the Boat House down at The Ridge marina will serve hot cocoa, coffee, and spiked coffees and the Bloody Mary Bar will open at 6am.   In addition, we’ll be roasting a pig at the marina and selling pork sandwiches at lunchtime. (Drink and food tickets are available at event check-in.) Music will be piped in from the marina.

Where are the restrooms?
In addition to the restrooms at the marina and hotel, there will be portable toilets nearby as well.

Are dogs allowed on the ice?
Yes, and although they may be a crucial part of the team, they are not counted as a number in the team foursome.

Note: All contestants participate at their own risk.