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The 2015 Almost-Annual
 February 14, 2015
The 2015 running of the NYS Crappie Derby is now in the books. The weather wasn't great but we have experienced worse over the years. This event had three things going against it. The was a postponement, it hit on a holiday and the morning of the event we were greeted by a Winter Weather Advisory. The morning started off at about 8 degrees but improved to the mid 20's by afternoon. There was a brisk breeze of about 15 mph with light snow nearly all day.
The organization and zeal of the two groups that conduct this event are the key factors in how you get thousands of people together in the middle of a frozen lake in the depths of Winter to have fun. These two groups are the Whitney Point Sportsmen's Association and the Broome County Dept of Parks & Recreation. These two groups form a great team, together having extensive experience, skills and equipment to make things happen.
This was the 41st attempt in as many years with 31 successful events. 

For Registration & Pre-Registration info Click Here

We welcome your input. Email to nyscrappiederby@aol.com

2015 Purse was over $8,000
With many thanks to a lot of people

First Baptist Church of Whitney Point has graciously agreed to conduct the Pancake Breakfast. They are located on Rte 11 across from the Fairgrounds. Will be served buffet style. Starts @ 5 AM

  If you have a favorite News media you would like to have included in our News Releases, please send an Email addressed to me at NYSCRAPPIEDERBY@AOL.COM and I will include them with future releases.

Images updated on 2/16/2015
We have added photos of our derby winners on our Image Gallery Page. Feel free to copy pictures from our gallery. If you would like larger images I can provide them on request.

Also Rob Vanderwerf from NYOutdoorTalk.com attended our event and posted some excellent video on his ourdoors website. Thanks Rob
See the links at the bottom of this page. . .

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Please view our SPONSORS Page
This will be updated soon to reflect this years' sponsors. 

Registration Info - Click here

Derby Rules - Click here

Prize Categories - Click here

Schedule - Click here


Prize Categories
28 - Biggest White Crappie (Length) per "Special" (each 15 min period between 8AM-3PM)
+7 - Misc 1st Crappie and National Anthem
3   - Biggest White Crappie of the day - 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place
6   - Biggest of numerous fish species (Over the entire event - Cuts off at 2 PM)
4 - (or more) Door Prizes - Any Registered Participant is eligible - No need to catch a fish
Many -       Kids prizes throughout the day
The derby has been known as the "party derby" for many years due to its' unique format. The Crappie Derby awards prizes every 15 minutes for the largest (longest) White Crappie caught during each 15 minute period during the derby hours. This format has caught on and is now used by a number of other derbys. The format makes for a carnival environment all day. The judging booth is located in the middle of the ice with a powerful PA system which is constantly announcing the status of the current leaders of each "derby". Along with the judges booth is a concession stand providing a steady stream of chili, chowder, hot dogs, hamburgers, etc, all day.  Rent-a-Johns positioned over the ice help to make this a comfortable place to be during the long winters day. In addition to the anglers, many visitors show up to observe the goings-on of the day. The event has drawn as many as 8,000 people to the ice of Whitney Point Lake. Other organizations such as the Ross Park Zoo, 4H Education Center at Finch Hollow, National Weather Service, to name a few, provide other interesting items to visit.

Some Links of Interest

ODU Magazine

November 2014; http://www.odumagazine.com/Magazines/ODUNovemberIceFishing2014/
January 2015: http://www.odumagazine.com/Magazines/ODUJanIce2015/

Winter Fishing - http://www.odumagazine.com/Magazines/ODUWinter2014to2015Fishing/

Early Ice Fishing - http://www.odumagazine.com/Magazines/ODUNovemberIceFishing2014/

Fall Fishing - http://www.odumagazine.com/Magazines/ODUFallAndEarlyIceFishing2014/





And thanks to Rob from

NY Outdoors Talk:

Rob attended our event and says he had a great time.

Welcome Rob and thanks for the great video.

Rob Vanderwerf



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and ... and oldie but a goodie ...


and . . . one from Papa Bear . . .







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