The Wilton Fish & Game Association’s fourth annual Michael J. Rowe Memorial Ice Fishing Derby will be held from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Wilson Lake. Registration, a free ice-fishing clinic and prizes will be awarded at the Wilson Lake boat launch, Canal Street in Wilton.

The event coincides with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Free Fishing Weekend. This means that any person (except those whose license has been suspended or revoked) may fish without a fishing license.

The ice-fishing clinic for all ages will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All bait and equipment will be provided.

Registration will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., cost is $5. Tickets also are available in advance at Shelly’s Hometown Market, Backwoods Bait and Tackle in Chesterville, Robin’s Bait Shop in Jay, and Dag’s Bait.

The first 50 youth to appear at the registration shack with a ticket the day of the event will get a free grab bag full of valuable items.

Door prizes will be given away at the event, including a 10-inch Jiffy auger, a toboggan and gift certificates from area businesses. All youth, 15 and younger, participating in the event will be entered to win a lifetime fishing license.


Adult prizes include a two-man ice shelter, a jet sled with hitch and cover and Loring pack basket with liner. Prizes will be awarded in three adult categories: Brook Trout, Togue and Salmon.

Youth prizes include a boxed set of Max-traps for the heaviest fish. Other categories will get a package that includes a pack basket, bait net, a Max-trap and two Narrow Gauge Cinema movie tickets. Prizes will be awarded in six youth categories: Brook Trout, Togue, Pickerel, Salmon, Bass, Yellow Perch and White Perch. A special prize will be awarded for smallest fish.

All prizes will be announced and awarded at 4 p.m.

Food concessions will include fresh cut French fries, grilled hot dogs and bottled water. Souvenir hats and T-shirts will be available for sale. Tickets for a 50/50 drawing also will be available.

The derby is held in memory of Michael J. Rowe, who was killed in a tragic woods accident. For more information, call 491-0780.

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