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National Lake Trout Derby 2020


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National Lake Trout Derby 2020

Last year just 11lbs took home $10,000, anyone can win!


The 56th Annual National Lake Trout Derby on Seneca Lake is held on Memorial Day Weekend. Fisherman from across the country travel to the Finger Lakes Region in hopes of catching the largest Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Landlock Salmon, or Rainbow Trout of the weekend.


This year the derby will be held the weekend of May 23rd, 24th, and 25th 2020. The derby is open to anyone with a New York State Fishing License. Registration for the derby is located online as well as in varying towns along Seneca Lake. All derby registration information and prize breakdowns are listed on www.laketroutderby.com


This year the derby is increasing non-lake trout division prizes in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place categories. First place grand prize remains at $10,000! Many other chances to win, early bird drawing, weigh station raffles, and all the minor division prizes. The derby is anticipating a grand total of $35,875 in cash prizes being given out for the 2020 derby.


An award ceremony will be held on the final day of the Trout Derby at the Tiki Bar North/Stivers Marine Weigh Station at 401 Boody’s Hill Road, Waterloo NY 13165. At the award ceremony awards and recognition will be given, food and beverage will be available.

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The 55th Annual National Lake Trout Derby is STILL ON. With approval from the health department we are moving forward with this years derby.
Some necessary alterations to this years derby are as follows
  1. The only location that will be open for weigh station will be Stivers Seneca Marine in Waterloo NY.
  2. Prize money will be prorated with the number of registrants for the 2020 derby. Mail-in registration cut off extended to May 15th. Online registrations accepted until May 22nd at 5:00pm. Stivers Marine accepting walk in registrations until May 22nd 11:59pm.
  3. The award ceremony held on Monday at the completion of the derby is CANCELED and prizes will be mailed.
  4. We are not having the blind drawing at the weigh station. We encourage you to limit your trips to the weigh station by checking the online live standings regularly during the derby. Do not bring in a fish that you do not believe will place. We will only be paying out 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes.
  5. Fish with those family and friends that you have been staying home with. Do not congregate.
  6. The $4,000 cash prize raffle will be postponed until 2021. All tickets sold will be put in the 2021 drawing.
Weigh in station protocol:
- When you arrive to Stivers Marine, whether by boat or car, please blow your horn or call the marine (315) 789 5520 to let us know of your arrival. Only one boat/car at a time at the weigh tent.
-Remain 6ft apart while at the weigh station.
-Return to boat/car immediately after fish are entered.
We appreciate everyone's understanding of the changes to this years derby. Good luck, and stay safe.
The Derby Team 
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