In just under a week it will again be time for the Belwood Lions Pike Derby at Belwood Lake, held May 23 & 24, 2015. Over $5000 in prizes will be awarded at the derby, with first place receiving an awesome $2000 cash prize. The number of draw prizes handed out each year is pretty incredible, and anyone attending the prize ceremony has a great chance at going home with some goodies. I won a collapsible rod one year that conveniently fits into my backpack (and pretty mush stayed in it while I was at school).
New for 2015 is the ability to register online for the derby at belwoodlionspikederby.org. This is a great idea for someone like me who always talks about picking up tickets ahead of time, but never remembers to. The entry fee is $25 for for adults (15 and over), and $10 for youths (9 to 14). These are extremely reasonable rates for such a great event. If you prefer not to use the online registration, tickets can still be bought at some local tackle shops, Belwood Country Market, or at Belwood Hall during the derby.
Last year’s winning pike was an incredible 40-3/4″, so the big ones are out there. A couple of years ago I missed a huge one the week before the derby. Even if you don’t get a big one, there are always a fewer smaller ones willing to play. Some years the pike are biting like crazy and you can’t keep them out of the boat, yet other years they are slow and you just keep tossing lures in the hopes of one biting. Either way, it’s a great way to spend the weekend.
Don’t miss out on some fun fishing and great camaraderie, plan to be in Belwood next weekend and have a great time on the water!