2020 45th Annual Maple Lake Ice Fishing Contest
Saturday, February 1st, 2020

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Official Website | Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby

Ice Conditions updated 1.29.2020 Click Here:


Attention! This is a new update to the 45th 2020 Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Jan 25, 2020 Under the authority of Wright County Sheriff Department, only portables fish houses, ATVs, 4 wheelers, and snowmobiles will be allowed on the ice during the Ice Fishing Derby unless ice conditions improve to 20 inches. (No permanents and no vehicles)

updated 2020 Derby flier

*please drink responsibly

Update: Parking is no longer allowed at the Cemetery. You can use it to unload, only. Enter the lake on your ATV/snowmobile at the Maple Lake public beach.

Rigs must be parked at one of the 5 shuttle lots and use the shuttles to get back to the lake.

There will be flaggers on Friday and Saturday directing people.

Please be respectful of private property.

Thanks for patience as we work out logistics.

New to the 2020 Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby!

New this year at the Derby! Instead of a ‘best decorated‘ fish house contest, Thomes Insurance and Progressive are teaming up with a Scavenger Hunt. On the ice the day of the Derby, there will be five (5) Flo bobble head dolls hidden around on Big Maple. If you find Flo, bring the doll to the Thomes Insurance booth and claim a $50 cash prize!

Flo Bobble Head

Get your Derby Gear!
2020 Clothing will be for sale in the Winners Circle Day of the Derby

2020 Maple Lake Derby Clothing
3X Gear 2016 Derby Sponsor

Thanks to 3X Gear for creating and providing Derby wear!

Major Sponsors
Thank you!

Click here to view all sponsors.

Interested in becoming a Sponsor
of the Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby?

Fill out this form and email to:

2020 Maple Lake Fishing Derby Sponsorship

Save the date for the 45th Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby: Saturday, February 1st, 2020.

Thank you to all of our sponsors!

Major sponsors include:

Mill Creek Inn
H&H Sport Shop
Thomes Insurance Group
Moon Motor Sports
Progressive Insurance
MP Nexlevel
Little Jim’s Sports
Mills Fleet Farm
Taco Johns
PleasureLand RV

It's time to sign up for the 2020 Arctic Plunge on Maple Lake!


Latest Derby News:

  • Two new stops added to the Shuttle Route for the 2020 Derby – H&H and ML Bowl. See below!
  • No Vintage Sled Show at this year’s Derby. Sorry for any inconvenience.
  • Updated on the website: Updates happening every week! Check back often!
  • Please obey all MN DNR Fishing regulations.
  • Thanks to all of our VOLUNTEERS! We couldn’t do it without you!

Drill your own holes!

If you…
-Feel that you are not safe driving on the ice.
-Have had one too many and shouldn’t drive.
-Just don’t want the hassle of trying to find your way.
-It’s too crowded on the ice.
-Or your vehicle is too heavy.

M&M Bus Shuttles will run from 8AM to 8PM. There will be two shuttles running and anticipate stopping at drop-off points every 10 minutes.

Buses will depart the Hwy 55 Lake Access landing:
(Two new stops this year: H&H & ML Bowl)

-Parking lots behind H&H
-Maple Lake High School parking lot
-Maple Lake Bowling Alley
-Madigan’s/”The V” parking area
-Finally at the St. Timothy’s school parking lot

*See the map for drop off/pick up points in town.

2020 Derby Shuttle Map

Stay tuned to our YouTube Channel!

Polar Plunge Patty the Penguin


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Minnesota’s biggest Party on Ice!

Ice Fishing Derby


Come watch, or sign up to compete!

Maple Lake Ice Fishing Contest Vintage Snowmobiles


Check out the vintage sleds!

Past Best Decorated Fish House Winners:

2019 Thomes Insurance | Progressive Fish House Decorating Contest

2019 Fish House Decorating Contest WINNER!

Congratulations to the winner of our Fish House contest – Mermaids with King Triton!

Honorable Mention: MAFGA (Make America Fish Great Again) won 2nd

Sponsored by Progressive Insurance & Thomes Insurance Agency

Thanks to all who participated!

2018 Thomes Insurance | Progressive Fish House Decorating Contest

2018 Fish House Decorating Contest WINNER!

Decorated Fish House Winner

Congratulations to the winner of our Fish House contest – The Happy Hookers!

Sponsored by Progressive Insurance & Thomes Insurance Agency

Thank you to all who participated. Your fish houses looked great!

Links to some of our favorites:


The Messenger


Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce

Maple Lake Schools ISD 881


City of Maple Lake

Maple Lake – Lake Property Owner’s Association, Inc. was established in 1970, to protect Maple Lake and the surrounding natural environment. In September of 2013, the IRS granted the Association 501(c)3 Charitable Organization status. Members strive to preserve the pristine waters of Maple Lake, located in Wright County, Minnesota. Your donations make this possible! Contributions are now fully tax deductable under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

The MLLPOA’s major funding source has been the annual Ice Fishing Contest. The Maple Lake Fishing Derby was originally started by the Maple Lake Jaycees in 1975. February 3rd, 2018 will mark the 43rd annual Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby, one of the largest and oldest fishing contests in Minnesota, with more than 20,000 entrants and hundreds of prizes. All net proceeds from our fundraising go toward the maintenance and preservation of our Lake.

The Association and Board Members are all volunteers who love the lake. Together with their neighbors, and the visitors who enjoy the water, everyone works hard to keep Maple Lake clean and free from invasive species.

Please, enjoy this wonderful resource. Be safe! Don’t litter!


Derby History

How many Maple Lake Fishing Derbies have you been to?

Check out some of the fun from years past: