WATERVILLE — The annual Gene & Lucille Letourneau Ice Fishing Derby is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Muskie Community Center, 38 Gold St.

This mid-winter tradition for ice fishing enthusiasts and families is celebrating its 25th anniversary year. Established by Maine outdoorsman and his wife, Gene and Lucille Letourneau, the ice fishing derby attracts people throughout the state to fish and compete for cash prizes, according to a news release from Lindsay MacDonald, community engagement director at the center.

People can join by fishing on any legal Maine pond or lake of choice, then gather at the center during the official weigh-in 2-5 p.m.

This multigenerational family event encourages those 15 and younger to compete in their own category. Cash prizes are awarded for first-, second- and third-place for youth in 10 fish categories and first- and second-place for adults in eight fish categories.

There will be a fire pit, S’mores, hot cocoa, popcorn, cornhole, pool table and silent auction (from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Sheba’s Wicked Kitchen of Oakland will be at this outdoor/indoor event.

Youth can visit with Maine children’s author Deborah Walder and take home an autographed book (available for purchase; there will also be a couple of her signed books in the silent auction). Children’s arts and crafts and other activities will also be offered.


At 3 p.m. there will be a chainsaw carving demonstration, as well as four guests from the Maine Cabin Masters and Tom Welch from Mainely Handrails.

Two 25th anniversary specific items will also be available including a Fireside Camp Mug for purchase and a free anniversary cupcake provided by Cakes and Catering by Karen.

Ice fishing derby tickets can be purchased online and at several locations in Waterville and its surrounding areas including at the center. Each ticket allows a fish entry and an entry into the door prize drawing for a Yeti Tundra Cooler and drink tumblers sponsored by Nale Law Offices. Tickets to enter a fish are sold only until noon the day of the event.

The ice fishing derby is a fundraiser supporting the programs and services of Spectrum Generations, including Meals on Wheels and other related services for older adults and adults with disabilities.

To purchase tickets and review tournament rules, visit spectrumgenerations.org.

For more information, Sandra MacDonald at  [email protected] or call 207-873-4745.



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