About “The Derby”

2022 the Derby will be virtual again…download the FishDonkey App and look us up! It’s a weekend thing now.

*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 13, 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. Year 12 (2021) saw 388 fishermen, fishing all night and day! 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 2022 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.