A big winter tradition is helping kick off 2013 as the 20th Annual Ice Fishing Derby at Lake Hattie takes place on January 5-6. Although it is expected to be another bone chiller, the big cash prizes make this one of the most popular cold weather events in the region.

The derby is a fundraiser for the Laramie Plains Lions Club, who uses the money on local projects and scholarships that benefit the community. Entry costs $30 for adults and is free for youth 14 and under. The ice fishing will go from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Registration tickets are available at the West Laramie Fly Store and the prizes are listed below.


1st Largest Fish – $1,500

2nd Largest Fish – $1,000

3rd Largest Fish – $350

4th Largest Fish – $200

5th Largest Fish – $100

Smallest Fish – $25

 Youth Prizes

1st Largest Fish – $150 + Trophy

2nd Largest Fish – $100 + Trophy

3rd Largest Fish – $50

4th Largest Fish - $25