22nd Annual Chapleau Pike Ice Fishing Derby In The Books

Lines are out of the water as Chapleau's 22nd annual Pike Ice Fishing Derby is now in the books.

All 800 tickets for the derby were sold a month early, with sunny skies and relatively warm weather for the numerous anglers out on the Chapleau River and Mulligan's Bay.

Ingo Weber reeled in the largest pike - a 7.13-pounder just before 9 o'clock - to win the $10,000 first prize, while Cindy Bernard's 6.95-pounder won the second prize of a Honda ATV, and Brett Robinson claimed the $4000 third prize with a 5.95-pounder.

The entry prize of a 2019 Dodge Ram 4x4 went to Gilles Couture of Chapleau, while Jamie Fiaschetti won $1736.50 through the 50/50 draw, and Lou White won a ticket for the 2020 Derby.

As no-one caught the tagged fish during the derby, anglers are still able to get a prize: if they catch the tagged fish before the end of 2019, they'll get a free entry into the 2020 Derby.