Was wondering if ice was out of harbor and if you can fish off the docks or anything. Ty
Racine Harbor, Racine County
Got some information from the Salmon Unlimited Ice Derby held last Saturday. The article below is a recap of the derby. This is the same article that will appear their monthly Fish-On news letter, probably the SU Facebook page too.
2017 SU RACINE TROUT ICE DERBY & CLASS “A” RAFFLE
Another great SU Ice Derby is in the books. Warm weather and good ice conditions resulted in the second highest turnout in our nine-year history of the Derby. We registered 379 contestants this year, an increase of 123 over last year but short of our record setting 443 contestants registered in 2015. Mother Nature sent down some stronger late morning winds, making it a bit nippy out on the ice. Overall, it was a great day to be out fishing!
Fishing was pretty slow throughout the day. A total of 13 fish were registered in this year’s derby. As fishing goes, this year was a bit different form past years. We typically catch more Browns and struggle catching Rainbows. Just the opposite this year, Rainbows were the common catch with contestants struggling to catch a Brown. As for Pike, these are more of an incidental catch with fishermen registering between one and 3 fish per year. This year we registered four (4) Browns, eight (8) Rainbows and only one (1) Pike. Speaking of Pike, at 8:42 am Chris Ranney registered a derby record 40 inch, 17.40 lb. monster Pike, congratulation Chris!!!!
Prizes were paid to fifth place in all categories; Brown, Rainbow and Northern Pike. Because there was only one Pike and four Browns caught this year, this meant the remaining five (5) places would be raffled off in the Derby Entry Ticket Raffle. Again this year, a $500 prize for the biggest fish caught on an Automatic Fisherman. Cash prizes payed out this year totaled $6,557. See standings below:
BROWN TROUT: 1st Scott Prochaska 5.06 lb. ($767) 2nd Matt Collon 4.50 lb. ($614) 3rd Keith Hanson 2.55 lb. ($460) 4th Mateusz Maciasz 2.00 lb. ($307) 5th Raffle
RAINBOW TROUT: 1st Edin Alunovic 10.30 lb. ($767) 2nd Ross DeVecchis 7.50 lb. ($614) 3rd Logan Gueths 6.50 lb. ($460) 4th Dean Bonini 6.05 lb. ($307) 5th Joe Boutell 4.35 lb. ($154)
NORTHERN PIKE: 1st Chris Ranney 17.40 lb. 40” ($484) 2nd Raffle ($388) 3rd Raffle ($291) 4th Raffle ($193) 5th Raffle ($97)
AUTOMATIC FISHERMAM: Chris Ranney 17.40 lb. ($500)
The additional $10 raffle chance (B-Stub), sold during registration has proven to be very popular. Roughly 80% of contestants purchase the extra chance to win. This year we collected $3,010 which will be held over and used solely for the purchase of prizes for next year’s Derby Entry Ticket Raffle. We believe this will help insure another great turnout for next year as this derby continues to grow.
The SU Class “A” Cash Raffle paid out $1,500 in cash prizes this year. Below are the winners of this year’s raffle:
1st Place Justin Jensen ($500) 2nd Place Erin Clemens ($400) 3rd Place RJ VanSwel ($300) 4th Place Jameson Radke ($200) 5th Place Sam Lieven ($100)
Racine County along with SG Marina who manages and operates Reef Point Marina has been very accommodating to our requests. We need to send out a big thank you to them for allowing us use of the facility and safe access to the ice through the marina gates. Other sponsors include Modine MFG, Automatic Fisherman, Dick’s Sporting Goods, FIRSTRIKE, Salmon Unlimited WI, Deep Freeze, I fish PRO, Sullivan Tip Down, Kortendick ACE Hardware, Jiffy Ice Drills, JawJacker, UpTown Pub & Grill, Gander MTN., ACME Tackle Co., Beaver Dam, Ice Hogger, Wifinlander Guide Service, Pro Cure and a special thanks to the Reefpoint Brew House for their derby day specials and allowing us the use of their restaurant to award prizes. Last but not least are the numerous club members; Steve Bernstein, RJ Guarascio, Jim La Fortune, Greg Seitz, Ron Seeger and Khris Radke. NON-members; Dan Radke, Chris Slusar, Lisa Slusar, Jim Weippert, Ryan (Fuzzy) Marrow and Janet L. Radke who helped put together this year’s ice derby. There are far too many more volunteers to name without leaving someone out so a big thanks to all who helped out in this year’s derby.
We look forward to seeing everyone again next year. Until then, thank you all and have a great winter.
MOON PHASE (98%)
Fished 8-2 today. Couldn't believe I was the only one down there. But I got one rainbow. Ice is good but very very slick. Hopefully things pick up a little more soon, seems to be slow lately. Good luck I'll be there in the am again if anyone is interested.
MOON PHASE (8%)
Fishslayer.. As in all locations on derby day it is first come first serve. Yes, it will be busy, especially since it is on the scheduled day and not a backup date. Since this is a small area to fish for a few hundred fishermen/women so it will be congested. How important a spot is how early you get there. In years past I knew people who spent the night on the ice to get the spot they wanted (seriously, slept on the ice over night!). So take it for what it is worth. It will be busy. There will be constant drilling and people will show up and plop down next to you and drill holes no matter how early you get there. Just look at it as a time to have fun and enjoy company of others and if you catch a fish you are lucky. With all the augers going and noise of the tailgate party on the ice fishing is normally difficult. There have been years where they haven't even had enough fish registered to pay out the places. As long as you keep the "derby" in perspective you will have a fun time. If you think you will get a secluded spot if you show up early and no one will aproach your area and it will be nice and quiet for the finicky trout you will be disappointed.
So quick question for u guys who have done the trout derby. I'm thinking of giving it a shot this year. From talking to a few people on the ice they've said you have to be there way way early to get a spot, like be there 2 in the morning early to get a spot. And also it gets like s minefirld basically. Just wondering from the guys here if that's an exaggeration or do u really have to be there super early to get any spot for a group of three people. Not asking for tips or secrets on fishing, just an idea of how crazy this gets based on what I've heard. Pm is on. Thanks and good luck
MOON PHASE (3%)
I was down earlier checking the ice. Most of the marina has between 7-8 inches of good ice. The exception is any area where aerators are located, as always, exercise caution in these areas. Especially in the S/W corner by the condo docks, multiple aerators in that area.
I talked to SU Racine Ice Derby officials who were out checking the ice. The derby is on for next weekend, they’ll be getting the word out over the next couple days. Below is text from a group email I received from them earlier today:
Quick reminder that this Saturday Feb 4th is the 2017 Racine Trout Ice Derby located at Reef Point Marina in Racine. We are giving away over $5K in prizes in our derby prize pool raffle. Each angler that enters the derby will receive a raffle ticket towards the prize pool raffle. Anglers have the chance to purchase a second raffle ticket for $10.00 to increase their raffle odds. Some of the prizes include Jiffy Propane Augers, Ice Suits, Ice Shacks and many many more great prizes. This is in addition to the great cash payouts for the Rainbow - Brown - and Pike categories for the anglers that make the top 5 board with fish. Another highlight and staple of the derby is the $500 bonus cash donated by Kerry Paulson of the Automatic Fisherman. The heaviest fish that was caught on one of the "Automatic Fisherman" takes home the bonus $500 cash. For more information and rules on the derby please visit www.salmonunlimitedwisconsin.com and click on the ice derby link to the left of the page.
Please keep in mind that the Southwest area of the marina located by the condos has open water areas due to the condo management installation of aerators throughout the area. And as always be cautions by any aerators throughout the marina and while entering and exiting the ice.
Registration is slated to start at 5:00 am in the breezeway area of the marina but we will start registering earlier than that if we are set up prior to that time.
Please pass on and we hope to see you there!
Dan Radke SU Wisconsin
Hope this answers some of your questions. Good luck out there next week, exercise caution!