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Valens Lake Conservation Area Fishing Derby

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Valens Lake Ice Fishing Derby will be held on February 14, on Valentines day. The gates open at sunrise and vehicle entry is $10.00 per car. You may either park at the workshop or the beach parking lot. Derby registration will be at the gatehouse. Prizes will be given out at the workshop at the end of the derby, there will also be door prizes so even if you didn't catch a fish you may still win something. Because this is being held on Valentines Day this year we will be selling tickets on the ice for a special prize to bring home to your wife, girlfriend, mother or who ever. The special Valentines Day prize is a pair of tickets to any event at First Ontario Center (formerly known as Copps Colosseum) to a maximum value of $150.00, so don't run out and buy some cheap tickets with this, hold onto to them for a good event. Along with this will be a gift card for a dinner for two to a nice restaurant and a bouquet of roses. That should make someone very happy when you bring that home! Also we have a large assortment of prizes; tackle, heaters, a flasher, sleds etc. If you have any questions call the park at 905-525-2183. See you on the ice!

Ice Fishing Derby

Rules and Regulations

Saturday February 14, 2015

The HCA reserves the right to change the following rules at any time up to the day before the derby. If the rules are changed, the revised rules will be posted at the park on the day of the event.

  1. Catch and release derby open to anyone. There is no minimum age for participants, however, all children must be with a parent or legal guardian at all times during the derby.
  2. Adult participants derby fee is $25 per person. Child derby fee is $15 per person for those 12 and under. For registration please visit or call the park at 905-525-2183 or 519-621-6029.
  3. Catches will be accepted at the live release ice hut from 8 a.m. until the closing of the derby, 2 p.m.
  4. Prizes will be awarded after catches are closed, approximately 2:30 p.m.
  5. Fish species credited in the derby are bluegill, crappie, pumpkin seed, brown bullhead, and perch. No other species accepted for the derby.
  6. Tickets are based on live release of the fish. One ticket per two fish. A maximum number of 25 tickets will be allowed per angler.
  7. A 5-gallon pail or similar container to transport for live release is mandatory.
  8. Participants with a winning ticket must be present to claim prize or prizes.
  9. If conditions occur which are found dangerous to derby participants, the HCA staff have the right to deem the derby closed and prizes will be given out by random draw.
  10. All participants must do their utmost to exhibit good sportsmanship.
  11. All participants must follow the Provincial Fishing Regulations set out by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests.
  12. It is the participant’s responsibility to identify fish species correctly.
  13. All HCA staff, sponsors and event volunteers are not liable for any expenses, claims or demands that may arise from all participating in the derby.
  14. By entering the derby all participants declare an understanding of all derby rules and agree to abide by them. In addition, it is understood that images of the derby and/or participants may be used by the HCA for future marketing purposes.
  15. All rules are subject to the interpretation of the HCA staff and are final.

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