About Us

2021 the Derby will be virtual…download the FishDonkey App and look us up! It’s a weekend thing now, thanks Covid! We always error on the side of safety. This is the best way to have fun and be safe. It’s not about you getting Covid, it’s about who you may give it too…

*Different style, different categories…

  • All fish must be caught on Bang’s Lake only. The FishDonkey App takes the photo, it is timestamped and GPS tells us your location. *This is not open to other lakes.

The LVVA Ice Fishing Derby began in 2009 with 38 fishermen. Now at year 12, we have become 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, year 11 (2020) saw 495 fishermen! Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors there are plenty of prizes, raffles, and big fish items.

Veterans Path to Hope Outdoors (formerly TLS Veterans Outdoors) has been named as the 2021 beneficiary of our proceeds. Come support our Veterans at our annual ice fishing derby. 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.