What is the Almost Annual Crappie Derby? Well, to understand it, we have to take a trip back to 1973 when the event was born.

It was late in the year in 1973 when two members of the Whitney Point Sportsmen's Association were just hanging out, talking about how incredible the ice fishing was at what at the time was known as the Whitney Point Reservoir. That day, the weather was really great and the crappies were biting and the guys had a thought pop into their heads that went a little something like this, "why not .  . ." A couple of phone calls later and the Almost Annual Crappie Derby was born.

Over the years, the Almost Annual Crappie Derby has evolved from a small fishing event into an event to attend if you're someone who wants to be seen and to see. People come from all over to attend the event as a way to break away from the cabin fever that tends to set in this time of year.

The Almost Annual Crappie Derby is a family-friendly event and if you're planning to attend this year, here's what you need to know:

  • The Almost Annual Crappie Derby is scheduled for Saturday, February 16th.
  • If the ice isn't thick enough to hold the derby, there won't be a reschedule date.
  • Registration is $2.00 for those 12-years-old and older. You must be registered to win a prize, and you must have your Registration ID on your person during the derby to win prizes. There are several registration locations which you'll find here.
  • The derby begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Ice skating begins at 12 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m.
  • New York State fishing licenses are not needed the day of the Derby.
  • There's a midway with food and drink, port-a-johns, and more.

Learn more about the Almost Annual Crappie Derby and get weather updates of the lake conditions here.

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