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

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Official Website | Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby

Latest Derby News:

  • Updated on the website: 2019 Fish House Winners, Ice Auger Contest Winners, Best Decorated Fish House Winners
  • Make sure you know there is a slot limit on Northern Pike this year. Please obey all MN DNR Fishing regulations.
  • Winner of the Gentz Financial Facebook “Minnow Contest” Derek Miller!
  • Thanks to all of our VOLUNTEERS! We couldn’t do it without you!
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!

2019 Derby Fish House Winner Greg Caron

Congratulations to the winner of the ML-LPOA 44th Annual Fishing Derby Contest held on Maple Lake February 2nd, 2019

Greg Caron
St. Michael, MN

He won a 6.5′ x 12′ – Ice Castle White Fish House by catching the 44th Largest Northern.

pictured: Greg Thomes, Greg Caron and Tony Graham

2019 Derby Yellow House Winner Tom Neu

Congratulations to the winner of the ML-LPOA 44th Annual Fishing Derby Yellow House Raffle held on Maple Lake February 2nd, 2019

Tom Neu
Maple Lake, MN

He won a 6.5′ x 12′ – Ice Castle Yellow Fish House with his purchase of our $10 yellow raffle ticket.

pictured: Greg Thomes Tom Neu, his son Eddy Neu, and Tony Graham

Drill your own holes!


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

Fill out this form and email to:

2019 Maple Lake Fishing Derby Sponsor

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:

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

Bloody Mary Bar
by Mill Creek Inn

Bloody Mary Bar at 2017 Contest

New to the Derby in 2019. 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.

This year M&M Bus Shuttles will run from 8AM to 8PM on Saturday, February 2nd. There will be two shuttles running and anticipate stopping at their drop-off points every 10 minutes.

Buses will depart the Hwy 55 Lake Access landing:

-Stop at MLHS
-Stop then at the 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.

Polar Plunge Patty the Penguin


Sign up today!



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

How many Maple Lake Fishing Derbies have you been to?

Check out some of the fun from years past: