Ninette fishing derby attracts sweaty star and biggest crowd yet

Killarney’s derby this Sunday, and kids fish for free

22 MINUTES ON ICE – Rod Brown (left) and Rhonda Beave try to keep it together while being interviewed by This Hour Has 22 Minutes’ Shaun Majumder at the Healthy Lake Ice Fishing Derby in Ninette on Saturday. Majumder’s character, the hot and sweaty Raj Binder, did several interviews on Pelican Lake throughout the derby day, and footage from the event will be airing on the show this Tuesday, March 13. Organizers of the fifth annual fishing derby were overwhelmed with the success of the growing event, which attracted a record 869 competitors.

KILLARNEY’S FISH DERBY THIS SUNDAY – The Shamrock Family Fishing Derby goes this Sunday, March 11 on Killarney Lake from noon to 5 p.m. Registration is 10 a.m. at Kerry Park, and kids 15 and under fish for free. There’s more information on Killarney’s derby at the end of this post, and more fun fishy photos from Ninette follow.

LONGEST FISH – Killarney’s Isaac Friesen took top spot in the Pelican Lake derby with his 93 cm northern pike. Check out the full results from the Healthy Lake Ice Fishing Derby after the pictures below, and, for much more from the event, go to their website at

STILL SWEATING – Shaun Majumder, of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, interviews (from left) Henry Voth and Eric Reichert of Boissevain on Saturday at the Healthy Lake Ice Fishing Derby in Ninette.

BIG FANS – Majumder meets with fans (from left) Stefen Struth, Damian Banman, and Hunter Reichert on Pelican Lake in between interviews.

TEXTING A FISH STORY – Participants text a fish story, after releasing theirs into the live well. Find a few more fishing photos below, along with full results from the derby, finally followed by the Shamrock Family Fishing Derby poster.

Healthy Lake Ice Fishing Derby results

The fifth annual Healthy Lake Ice Fishing Derby was held on Saturday, March 3 at the northern basin of Pelican Lake in Ninette, MB.

The derby was a great success, with 724 adult anglers and 145 junior anglers who all came out to fish, for a record high participant number of 869.

During the four hours of derby fishing, a total of 79 fish were measured: 73 Northern Pike, three Perch, and three Walleye.

Congratulations to Isaac Friesen of Killarney, MB, who caught the longest fish overall in the derby, a Northern Pike measuring 93 cm. As the winner of the derby, Isaac won a Can Am Outlander 450 Quad valued at $8,000, sponsored by Enns Brothers.

Also, congratulations to Soleil Gaudreault of Brandon, MB, who caught the longest fish in the junior category, a Northern Pike at 74 cm. Soleil won a Pelican Argo kayak, sponsored by Jo-Brook Outdoors.

All of the derby winners are posted at

Thank you to all of the anglers who attended, and a special thank you to all of our hardworking and tireless volunteers!

All proceeds will go towards our continued aeration efforts in Pelican Lake.

At our derby we award 1st to 7th place in each fish species.

This year, we awarded the top seven fish caught in the Northern Pike category, the three fish caught in the Perch category, and the three fish caught in the Walleye category.

Then the remainder of prizes were given away in a random draw of all derby participants.

Here are the adult category winners: Northern Pike – 1) Isaac Friesen, 93 cm; 2) Travis Wickens, 93 cm; 3) Kevin Gudz, 89 cm; 4) Brenda Lussier, 86.5 cm; 5) Duncan Patterson, 86 cm; 6) Joe Byers 84 cm and 7) Derrick McGorman 84 cm.

Adult Perch winners: 1) Jaryn Orr, 28.5 cm; 2) Shaun Hammond, 24 cm and 3) Alan Rolfe, 22 cm.

Adult Walleye winners: 1) Brett Pierce 38 cm; 2) Kevin Gudz 38 cm.

We awarded the top 7 Northern Pike caught in the Junior category. There were no Walleye or Perch caught in the Junior category. The remaining Junior prizes were given away in a random draw.

Here are the junior category winners: Northern Pike – 1) Soleil Gaudreault, 74 cm; 2) Curtis Boulet 72.5 cm; 3) Brydon Cornock 66.5 cm; 4) Aiden McGorman, 66 cm; 5) Kyle Beatty 60.5 cm; 6) Keeyan Sisson 59.5 cm and 7) Kylie Wardle 58 cm.

Be sure to check out Killarney’s ice fishing derby this Sunday starting at noon (registration at 10 a.m.). See the poster below for more information.