2019 44th Annual Maple Lake Ice Fishing Contest
Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

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Official Website | Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby

Latest Derby News:

  • Thank you to the family of Merlin B Boberg who donated $500 to the ML Fishing Derby in his memory.
  • Charles Hanson from Monticello wins the white fish house by catching the 43rd largest Northern Pike February 3rd, 2018. Congratulations!
  • Rebekah Bennett of Maple Lake MN wins the yellow fish house raffle at the 43rd Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby. Congratulations!
  • Keep an eye on this website for winners, fish size info, and where to pick up your prize if you missed out yesterday. We’ll try to have it all posted within 48 hours.
  • Thanks to Mill Creek Inn for donating 300 Bloody Marys and serving them in the tent yesterday! If you missed out, head to Mill Creek and get one. They serve them daily. 
  • Thank you to ALL of our Plungers from the 2018 Derby. Check out our live stream video on Facebook
  • Thanks to MLHS Post Prom Committee for serving food at the Party in the Tent
  • Thank you Vangaard for headlining at the party in the tent after the 43rd Derby! More details.
  • Thanks to everyone who participated in the Fish House Decorating Contest sponsored by Progressive Insurance & Thomes Insurance Agency the day of the Derby. (scroll for winners – Happy Hookers)
  • Thank you to all of our Sponsors for the 2018 Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby
  • Thanks to all of our VOLUNTEERS! We couldn’t do it without you!

2018 Yellow raffle house winnerCongratulations to the winner of the ML-LPOA 43rd Annual Fishing Derby Contest Yellow Raffle held on Maple Lake February 3rd, 2018!

Rebekah Bennett
of Maple Lake MN

She won a 6.5′ x 12′ – Yellow Ice Castle White Fish House by being the lucky raffle winner.

Thank you to the family of Merlin Boberg for their generous $500 donation to the ML Fishing Derby in his memory.

43rd maple lake fishing derby winnerCongratulations to the winner of the ML-LPOA 43rd Annual Fishing Derby Contest held on Maple Lake February 3rd, 2018!

Charles Hanson
of Monticello, MN

He won a 6.5′ x 12′ – Ice Castle White Fish House by catching the 43rd Largest Northern.
pictured below: Charles with his friends and family
43rd maple lake fishing derby winner

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☘️The best day of the Spring in Maple Lake!☘️It's a great day for the Irish -- and everyone else, too! Join us for the 41st annual Maple Lake St. Patrick's Day Celebration, sponsored by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce!

Event page:
St. Patrick's Day in Maple Lake 2018

Don't forget to FOLLOW the official annual page:



Annual Craft Sale
Saturday, March 17, 2018
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Maple Lake Elementary Gymnasium, Hwy 55
For more information contact coordinator Betty Gordon at 320-963-5351 or download form to register

Irish Scamper 5K
Saturday, March 18, 2018
5K run 11:00 a.m. Division Street
Race day registration is at 9:00 a.m. in the Maple Lake High School Commons Area and an awards ceremony is set for shortly after the race in the high school commons area. The Scamper is hosted by the Irish track & field team.

Grande Day Parade
Saturday, March 17, 2018
1:30 p.m. Downtown
Parade lineup will begin at 12:30 p.m., and registration can be done by completing the registration form and drop off or send in to Roger's BP Amoco in Maple Lake at PO Box 267, Maple Lake MN 55358 or email to . For any questions or to volunteer to help, contact Irene Hudek at 612-270-8586.

Coronation of the Maple Lake Ambassadors
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Maple Lake High School Gymnasium, Hwy 55
The coronation of the new Maple Lake Ambassadors will take place following the Grande Day Parade, starting at approximately 4:30 p.m. $5 entry (children 5 and under are free).


There will be a petting zoo, traditional Irish dancing, outdoor food vendors plus many of the town's businesses will have sales, live music, food & drink specials, and themed events.

Please click "INVITE" and tell all your friends about the fun you'll have in Maple Lake!

Any questions about the St. Patrick's Day Festival can be directed to Irene Hudek at 612-270-8586 or

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of the Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby?

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2019 Maple Lake Fishing Derby Sponsor

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!

Bloody Mary Bar
by Mill Creek Inn

Bloody Mary Bar at 2017 Contest
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!


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

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