Breaking the ice for Battlefords fishing derby

By Greg Higgins
February 12, 2016 - 5:12pm

Players from the Battlefords North Stars Junior A hockey team paired up and grabbed a drill to prepare for their 20th annual Jack Fish Lake Ice Fishing Derby and Fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 12.

Bill Kitson, former hockey player and ice-fishing enthusiast, gave the players kudos for their effort.

“It’s interesting to see how these kids raise a lot of money. They do a lot of work this is the biggest fundraiser they’ve got and it’s been turning out big over the years. People come here from all over the place. It’s been one of the most successful fundraising fish derby’s I’ve ever seen.”

The money made from the event goes team’s travel and ice rental.

“They make a lot more money. It won’t cost the parents as much money to play junior hockey and they’ll have a successful team that way.”

This year 2,800 holes were drilled for participants. The derby has grown substantially since the first event 20 years ago.

“We started out with about 800 so it’s a little more than doubled in size,” Kitson said.

Every hole is expected to be filled come derby day. The event starts at 11 a.m. and runs till 3 p.m. with over $100,000.00 in prizes for participants. 

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