What is the Almost Annual Crappie Derby? Well, to understand it, we have to take a trip back to 1973 when the event was born.

It was late in 1973 when two members of the Whitney Point Sportsmen's Association were sitting around, talking about how incredible the ice fishing was at what at the time was known as the Whitney Point Reservoir. On that day, the weather was really nice and the crappies were biting and the guys thought "why not .  . ."

A couple phone calls later and the Almost Annual Crappie Derby was born.

Over the years, the Almost Annual Crappie Derby has evolved from a small fishing event into an event to attend if you want to see and be seen. The Almost Annual Crappie Derby is a way to break away from the cabin fever that tends to set in this time of year.

The Almost Annual Crappie Derby is a family-friendly event and if you're planning to attend this year, here's what you need to know:

  • The Almost Annual Crappie Derby is scheduled for Saturday, February 17th.
  • If the ice isn't thick enough to hold the derby, there won't be a reschedule date.
  • Registration is $2.00 for those 12-years-old and older.
  • A pancake breakfast will kick off the event at the First Baptist Church at 5am.
  • The derby begins at 8am and ice skating begins at 12pm.
  • There's a midway with food and drink, port-a-johns, and more.

Learn more about the Almost Annual Crappie Derby and get weather updates of the lake conditions here.