Meredith is host to one of our biggest winter events; the Great Rotary Ice Fishing Derby. Presented by the Meredith Rotary Club, this event brings ice fisherman from across the country to Meredith for a weekend of fun, fishing, and seeing what your tolerance for cold and frostbite is. In the end, the payoff is being one of the lucky few who gets to experience the pride of having their catch hung up on the wall of fame, and winning an amazing grand prize.
It's a family friendly event, with an almost carnival-like atmosphere on the ice in Meredith Bay, as it transforms into a sea of vendors and bob houses.
This years date: Postponed until February 27-28, 2016
If your driving around the Lakes Region and find the frozen waters of Lake Winnipesaukee transformed into a metropolis of fishing shanties of every shape, size, and color, the fishing derby must be underway. If there is a sense of fierce competition in the in the air, it must be near prize time!
Check out these New Hampshire Webcams and maybe spot some fisherman out on the ice.
Where to Get 2016 Tickets
Tickets are $30 and are available at more than a dozen locations around Lake Winnipesaukee, including AJ's Bait and Tackle, the Winnisquam Trading Post, Skelly's Market, Alton Circle Grocery and at Paugus Bay Sporting Goods. You can also purchase tickets directly at derby headquarters in Meredith, or online via the link below. If the event is postponed, your tickets cannot be refunded, but will be honored when the event is eventually held. A cancellation is highly unlikely. If the ice conditions in 2002 didn't warrant a cancellation of the event, nothing probably will.
The ticket revenue goes toward prizes and generous donations to local organizations. It also goes toward the extensive fish stocking of various Lakes Region bodies of water.
As of February 1st, warm weather has signifcantly delayed the freezing of the area lakes. The derby has be delayed as a result.
Prizes for 2015
In departure from prior years, this years prizes will all be in cash. To see the complete list of all the smaller prizes, click here.
- First Prize: $15,000
- Second Prize: $5,000
- Third Prize: $3,000
Derby Pictures & Video From Years Past
Pictures from 2010 in main photo gallery.
Fishing Derby Video from 2010
Enjoy our HD video clips from derby headquarters in 2010.