Bob Ferguson Memorial Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday

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The Pictou County Rivers Association (PCRA) is again having its Ice Fishing Derby at Gairloch Lake.

The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 15 and if required, a storm date of the next day February 16.

It is the 13th continuous year for this event and this year organizers are naming it the Bob Ferguson Memorial Ice Fishing Derby. Ferguson was a founding member, past president and director of the Pictou County Rivers Association. In 2001 he was recognized by the Province of Nova Scotia and received a volunteer of the year award for his dedication to sportfishing and efforts to create opportunities for young anglers.

The event is held free of charge to all children up to ages 12. Adults and teens have an entry fee of $5 if they wish to take part in the derby.

All resources for this event are from donations, volunteer time and effort. It has been a big success in the past and with the weather co-operating fishers can have another great weekend on the ice.

PCRA provides prizes and a fun family day event. Members are trying to improve this event for families to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

The weekend of February 15-17 is the free-fishing weekend (including Monday which is a provincial holiday) in Nova Scotia and derby participants will not require a Nova Scotia fishing license to participate, but still respecting bag limits restrictions.

The Pictou County Rivers Association was formed in 1990 by a dedicated group of conservation minded anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. For the past 29 years, the membership-based organization has focused its efforts on conservation initiatives, protecting and restoring fish habitat, education and environmental stewardship.

See PCRA’s event page for further details :