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Bonnyville Pontiacs 2nd Annual Ice Fishing Derby

The Pontiacs are bringing back the first winter event for a second time.

The Bonnyville Pontiacs 2nd Annual Ice Fishing Derby is set to take place on February 5th.

This year everyone has the chance to win over $10,000 in cash and prizes for this catch and release event.

The fishing for Northern Pike begins at 9:00 am and runs until 3:00 pm at Angling Lake, southeast of Bonnyville.

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Assistant General Manager Neil Langridge says “after the success of the inaugural ice-fishing event last year, it was a no-brainer to make this an annual event.”

The registration for adults is now just $100 and a brand new youth category has been opened with registration costing $40.

“This tournament can take place regardless of government restrictions while creating a family-friendly environment suitable for all ages. That’s why we’ve dropped our registration prices as well as added a youth division.”

To get into the tournament all participants must download the FishDonkey app.

Here is the full list of rules for the event.


  • This is a catch and release event
  • Tents will be permitted.
  • All fishing must comply with 2022 Alberta sportfishing guidelines and regulations
  • All contestants must supply a valid Alberta sportfishing license or provide proper documentation of there exemption.
  • Northern Pike will be the only species accepted for measuring.
  • All other species excluding northern pike must be released back into the lake in the most harmless way possible.
  • All fish must be alive when measured.
  • All participants must practice catch and release, no retention of fish is permitted.
  • All decisions made by the tournament officials and committee are final.
  • Fish can only be entered between the hours of 9am and 3pm.
  • Grand Prize winners will be decided by 3 fish total length, biggest fish bonus pot will be awarded to the largest fish of all valid entries.
  • Bait allowed per Alberta sportfishing guidelines for Angling lake.
  • No refunds will be granted.
  • In the event of tie first measured fish wins. Or first 3 fish total.
  • No fizzing of fish.
  • Absolutely no passing of fish between contestants.
  • Tournament will take place as long ice conditions are deemed safe.
  • Event organizers are not responsible for any death, injury, theft, damage to property or any loss which may occur before, during or after the event.
  • Additional Rules and Regulations can be found on the Fishdonkey app
  • All AHS covid-19 protocols must be followed.
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