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The 2014
New York State
Crappie Derby

February 8, 2014 

The derby is in the history books
We have been given the authorization to conduct the 2014 running of the
Almost-Annual New York State Crappie Derby on
February 8, 2014

New 2014 Pictures
in the Gallery now

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

Purse was over $14,000
With many thanks to a lot of people

Fishing Licenses . . .
I was given a heads up regarding problems with the NYS DEC licensing process.
I called the DEC and was advised that the system is down with licensing agents due to problems with the software. I was advised that licenses can be obtained by calling the DEC offices or going to the NYS DEC website and you can print your own license from there.

Ice progressing . . .
15 inches on the 'pond' area
at the time of the derby

See Current Conditions Page

See the Schedule Page for a tentative schedule and the list of Ice Central participants for 2014.

 Updates will be posted on this site as we advance toward the derby date. As good things (hopefully no bad things) happen they will be posted here. News Releases will be sent to Northeastern media contacts as significant events are firmed. If you have a favorite News media you would like to have included, please send an Email addressed to me at NYSCRAPPIEDERBY@AOL.COM and I will include them in future releases.


See the Navigation Bar at the top of each page for a link to the latest News Releases regarding your Derby

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

Regardless of the derby date, don't look like this will be happening. No Prostaff in 2014 unless something happens very quickly.

In the past we have had Pro-Staff from various Outdoors Distributors. These Pro-Staff reps provided continuous seminars, instructions and general assistance to all in attendance. This was a huge benefit to single Mom's and others charged with the care of youngsters who have a desire to "fish the derby". Our goal and desire is to have people come to the derby empty handed, be directed to Pro-Staff, be provided with equipment & bait, have holes provided and have the opportunity to fish for the day (and go home with the equipment). You can't go wrong there. I'm not saying this will work for everyone -- but we'll try. We're not quite there yet but we're getting closer to this each year.
This dream, unfortunately, has died in 2013. Possibly because of our history of postponements and cancellations, scheduling events such as this has become impossible for us. The manufacturers/distributors have become more difficult to contact for this activity. We believe that many of the Prostaff we have worked with in the past would still be interested but . . .


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)
6 - (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, Finch Hollow Nature Center, National Weather Service, to name a few, provide other interesting items to visit.

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