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The LVVA Ice Fishing Derby began in 2009 with 38 fishermen. Going into our 9th annual event, we have become one the largest and most successful ice fishing derby in Northern Illinois. We have a great time in support of a great causes. Growing in popularity every year, 2016 saw 550 fishermen! Unfortunately, 2017 was our first year with unsafe ice, so we had to cancel. Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors there are plenty of prizes, raffles, and big fish items.

Veterans R&R Outdoors has been named as the 2018 beneficiary of our proceeds. Come support our Veterans and the kids at our annual ice fishing benefit. Our ice fishing derby is hosted on Bangs Lake – Wauconda, IL. We award thousands of dollars in raffle items and individual angler prizes for largest northern pike, bass, perch, crappie, and bluegill.

In addition, we will have a Veteran’s only raffle for a guided fishing trip, Kids only raffles, and big fish awards for the kids, a Boat raffle and 50/50 raffles too!


Veterans R&R formed the R&R Outdoors program as a way to engage veterans, provide an opportunity to take part in fun outdoor activities, spend time with peers and friends and learn about other ways that Veterans R&R can serve them.