Ample Ice For Crappie Derby

By Darren Dodge

Ample Ice For Crappie Derby

January 11, 2011 Updated Jan 11, 2011 at 6:14 PM EDT

Whitney Point, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Organizers for the Almost-Annual Crappie Derby say the ice conditions are looking good.

Derby Coordinator Dave Hughes says the ice growth is progressing on schedule, and should be thick enough to hold the Derby.

The Crappie Derby is schedule to be held at Whitney Point Lake on Saturday, January 29.

Barring an unexpected warm-up, organizers are feeling optimistic.

Monday, January 24 will be the day the final decision is will be made.

New things happening at the Derby this year include a Lifetime New York State Fishing License for one young angler.

That will go to someone between the age of 12 and 16, with a value of $460.

Organizers are also taking a step back in time, to bring ice skating back to the Derby.

From 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., there will be free skating for the public on a designated area.

As part of this, the Whitney Point Rotary will be accepting donations of children's ice skates.

The Crappie Derby used to feature an area for public skating when it started in the 1970s.

Donations can be made by contacting Jim Petrie at (607)-222-8169.

This will allow our young people to give it a try even if they don’t have skates.

For a thorough description and updates, you check out the Derby website at WWW.CRAPPIEDERBY.COM.

This contains current conditions on an updated basis.

For questions, contact Dave Hughes, Derby Coordinator, 607-692-3263

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