CANCELED- Due to poor ice conditions
Annual Fife Lake $1000 Ice Fishing Derby 
Join us on Saturday March 2nd, 2024
7:00 am to 4:00 pm
Please note, because of the poor ice conditions on the lake we are changing our Event date from 1/17 to 3/2

Early Bird Drawing will now be held February 18th, 2024
Register prior and be entered for a chance at $100 cash

MARCH 2nd, 2024

The Annual Fife Lake Ice Fishing Derby 
Saturday, March 2nd, 2024 

7:00am until 4:00pm. 

The cost will be $35 per  Adult angler (18 yrs and older) 
$10 per Youth anglers (17 & under)

Until Friday afternoon the 1st
with a price increase of $15 per adult and $10 per youth

NO registrations are sold the day of the derby~ NONE.
2 Ways to register
Follow the link below and register with a credit card 
 Visit JB's Midway Outdoor Supply at 11965 N US 131, Fife Lake to register in person

Enter in the FREE Ice Shanty Decorating Contest on March 2nd
10am until 1:00pm 
ALL prizes will be awarded at the awards ceremony which takes place in front of Mad Swirlz Ice Cream & Eatz at approx. 4:20/4:40

JB's Midway Outdoor Supply will be fully stocked with various minnows, wax worms, spikes and many fishing items.
 The store hours will be as follows for the select days
Thurs Feb 29th- TBD
Fri March 1st- TBD
Sat Derby Day- TBD

If you have any tournament Questions?  Please call us at 
JB's Midway Outdoor Supply (231) 879-4130

A HUGE thank you to all the men, women & families who took the time to join our derby. Its always an awesome turn out with lots of families. participating.

Thank You to the wonderful staff at JB's Midway Outdoor Supply for all their terrific attitudes during the months of preparation, and to ALL the volunteers who spend hours in the cold to help.

Our Larger 2024 Sponsors are
Specialized Forestry,
JC’s Custom Garage,
Hayes Manufacturing,
Coyne Oil & Propane,
The Coyne Family,
Forest Area Federal Credit Union,
Kingsley Sportsman’s Club,
JB's Midway Outdoor Supply of Fife Lake,
Reitaliano's Asphalt & Concrete of Fife Lake
Midwestern Broadcasting,
Mad Swirlz Ice Cream & Eatz, Fife Lake
EFS Building Services
Elya Construction

 Official Derby Rules 

  • The Derby will begin at 7:00am and will end at 4:00pm, This will be accompanied by the blow of the horn, (local firetruck if available). The horn will sound 30 minutes before the end of the derby as a warning to get your fish measured on time, then again at the official end time.
  • All Fishing will then be allowed after 7:00am. You must be wearing your official derby     wristband on your wrist, the wristband number must match the corresponding registration to the registered name we have on file.
  • Last weigh-in is prior to 4:00pm, no others will be measured after 4:00pm, whether in the measuring line or not. No measurements will be allowed without your official derby wristband on your wrist.

  • If you see someone being dishonest, unethical, or not following the rules..... please let us know     immediately.

  • Fish need to be at least 7" and of legal size for its species, in accordance with all set laws of the state of MI.

  • Spearing is not allowed! All fishing must be conducted with a tip up or hook and line only.

  • Fish should to be measured immediately if wanting to win. All entered fish must not be partially frozen when brought up for initial entry, this will be grounds for disqualification. All Fish must be brought to the official measuring area to be measured by our judge. This will be located at Mad Swirlz Ice Cream & Eatz, 211 E. State St., Fife Lake, MI 49633 (Lat. 44.57642908466006, Long. -85.34824893202466)

  • Contestants  are responsible for the verification of all fish measurements at that time. The decision of the judge is final! Absolutely no reweighing will be done for any reason~ NONE!

  • In the event of a tie, the first fish caught on derby day, between 7:00am and 4:00pm,  will place as the top winner.

  • All Michigan angling, snowmobiling, and ATV rules should always followed. Any citations will result in a disqualification. Do not drive any cars or trucks out onto the ice on Fife Lake. If driving an ATV, Snowmachine, SxS ect., Always drive with care and slowly while in town or out on the ice on tournament day.

  • All Persons may not fish closer than 10 feet from another person unless permission has been granted.
  • Contestants can move to other unoccupied holes on the lake if it has been vacated.

  • Fish must be caught the day of the tournament after 7:00am from Fife Lake, no other lakes allowed. All shanties, coolers, fishing lines and sleds ect may be searched starting at 5:00am for any ineligible     previously caught fish or dishonest  participants. Be kind to all volunteers especially if a search is taking place with your equipment.

  • Any  unsportsmanlike like or unethical behavior is grounds for immediate  disqualification  to all future Fife Lake fishing tournaments.  This is a family event!      
  • Violators  of any Michigan state or  local laws,  or of and derby rules will be asked to leave the lake, disqualified immediately and banned from all future Fife Lake Ice Fishing Derby’s and will be made known to the public.
  • The grand prize will be awarded to the overall largest fish. This is measured  by length, weight, and girth in     accordance with all laws of the state of Michigan and in compliance  to tournament rules.  
  • If ice conditions are not acceptable one day prior to the derby, an  alternate  date will be determined that day and posted at
  • Prizes will be given away at approximately 4:20/4:45pm at the official  derby measuring  area.  You must be present to win and must be wearing your official derby wristband  that matches the original registration  on file.
  • A  photo ID is required to win any prize money.  
  • Any prize money will be given out in check form only & only to the winning registered angler on the registration form. A 1099 form must be filled out for the $1000 top prize.

  • Leaderboard updates will be posted hourly at 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am, Noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm on our local Facebook page
  • Each registered person will be allowed 1 prize winning fish on the board at any given time during the derby.

  • The only species of fish to be caught for prizes are Walleye, Pike and Perch.
  • Please check final the list of rules at the Mad Swirlz Ice Cream & Eatz on the day of the derby.

**Minimum Adult Prizes:
Grand prize for the overall largest fish $1000
Prize Bracket TBD

**Anglers 17 & under Prizes: (species does not matter)
Prize Bracket TBD


***All Contestants along with their friends and family who join them and all others hereby consent to the use of any names, photographs, or likeliness of themselves to be used in the promotion of our contest, including but not limited to print, radio, television, Facebook/Meta, and or any other media. 
By purchasing the official Fife Lake Ice Fishing Derby Registration with wrist band by means of cash, money order, credit card or any online payment, the registrant (plus any family or friends of the registrants) agrees that JB's Midway, Mad Swirlz LLC or Joshua Brooks will not be held responsible in any way shape or form for any damages or injuries brought about while attending the above Fife Lake Ice Fishing Derby on March 2nd, 2024.  The buyer also agrees to confirm to all Federal, State, Provincial, Territorial and local laws. Buyer also agrees to indemnify and hold harmless of said Derby registration ticket to all claims, liabilities, or of legal action.
211 E State Street
Fife Lake
Date & Time
March 2, 2024, 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fife Lake Ice Fishing Derby
Join the Annual Fife Lake Ice Fishing and/or Shanty Contest. 
211 East State St Fife Lake Mi 49633
Contact Us
Please feel free to reach out to JB's Midway Outdoor Supply or Fife Lake Ice Fishing Derby here.
We will get back with you within 24 hours,
but if you need quicker service please call (231)879-4130

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