Fishing Derby landscapeDespite speculation earlier in the month that Lake Winnipesaukee would not be frozen enough for our usual winter activities, the two most popular events of the season are still happening! The New England Pond Hockey Classic will take place on nearby Lake Waukewan (see last week’s post here), and the surface of Meredith Bay is now freezing over enough to see ice-fishing bob houses popping up as folks gather from all over the country to participate in the much anticipated Great Rotary Fishing Derby!

Fishing Derby landscapeNext weekend, the frozen surface of Meredith Bay will be transformed from a pond hockey tournament site into a village of ice-fishing bob houses as folks gather from all over the country to participate in one of the Lakes Region’s biggest winter events: The Great Rotary Fishing Derby. The Derby has been drawing crowds to Lake Winnipesaukee for 36 years, with many hoping to snag the heaviest eligible fish for a chance to win the grand prize.