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After a detailed review of our records, I offer the following information:
The three attached documents are also available on our website on the 2014 History Tab. )

For Immediate Release
February 9, 2014 – Whitney Point, NY
We have adjusted our estimated Registration data down from 1,333 to 1,158 after a detailed review of our records. Our attendance was down primarily due to two factors. We have always found a reduction in attendance after cancellations, particularly two cancellations in a row. With Mother Nature’s cooperation, we hope to regain our momentum in the future. Also, it was a VERY cold morning. First staff arrivals on the ice (around 5:30 AM) found a temperature of -20 Deg. F. The official readings by the National Weather Service’s weather station on the ice was -15 Deg F at 8:00 AM, the start of the derby. Temperatures did not rise above 0 until later in the morning. A saving factor was a total lack of wind but a little wind may have helped clear out the cold air mass laying on the lake.
In spite of the cold, we had a lively group of spectators added to our ice anglers. There seemed to be more than we usually get, possibly based on the number of Ice Central attractions we offered this year. In addition to the $14,000+ purse, we had the Ross Park Zoo, Finch Hollow Nature Center, Amigo Search & Rescue K9’s, the Broome County Underwater Dive Team, the Triangle EMT’s, a skating rink with FREE loaner skates (courtesy of the Whitney Point Rotary Club) and a very reasonable priced concession stand. Bowman’s Lumber provided a Demo furnace in a heated skating shelter.
The crappies weren’t biting as they have been in the past but our judges were able to adapt to this by substituting other fish caught in 3 of our 28 quarter-hour segments. The Whitney Point Sportsmen redoubled their efforts in getting prizes to kids on the ice this year and we believe we made a lot of our younger guests very happy.
The Whitney Point Sportsmen’s Association and Broome County Parks & Recreation are pleased to present this opportunity to our fishermen, families and youngsters to spend an inexpensive day outdoors in the dead of winter. We make every effort to make this a “cheap date”.
Please visit our website WWW.CRAPPIEDERBY.COM as it contains lots of info regarding our event. There is a picture gallery – we intend to update it with pictures of this years’ event in the near future.
Our thanks to the community and our sponsors for their supports. A list of our major sponsors can be viewed on our website.

 

 

 

Email to Media 2/8/2014 8:27 PM

For preliminary data on the 2014 running of the Almost-Annual New York State Crappie Derby, go to WWW.Crappiederby.com and click on the 2014 Winners Tab. We are still ‘crunching numbers’ to provide a full News Release sometime tomorrow. Thanks for all your past help in getting the word out on our event.
I have also included two JPG files with these results.
It was a very cold day – about -20 at 5:30 AM, -15 at 8:00 AM (start of the event), up to the +teens by late morning and about24 in the PM. Fortunately almost no wind helped a lot. A decent sized group considering the cold & 2 previous cancellations.
Dave Hughes, Derby Coordinator
607-692-3263

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 3, 2014

 Whitney Point, NY – The Whitney Point Sportsmen’s Association has been advised that the Broome County Department of Parks and Recreation has evaluated the ice conditions at Whitney Point Lake, along with this week’s forecast and deemed that conditions are favorable for safe ice. Authorization has been given to conduct the crappie derby as scheduled on February 8, 2014.
The purse is currently over $13,000 and still growing. Registration is $2 for those over 12 years of age. Persons registered will have opportunities to win prizes in many fishing categories and also Door Prizes. Anyone can register. See the event’s website, WWW.CRAPPIEDERBY.COM for details on the event including Rules and Schedules.
The Derby Committee has set aside a large number of prizes for the younger participants to assure they have a good time. We’ll find a reason to give the youngsters a prize. We encourage families to come out and enjoy the day. The Whitney Point Sportsmen’s Association, who sponsors this event in cooperation with the Broome County Department of Parks and Recreation, are joined by local and national merchants who provide the prizes.  
Also this year, free public skating will be available courtesy of the Whitney Point Rotary. The rink will be created just offshore near the North Pavilion. Bring your skates. Free loaner skates will be provided as available.
Displays on the ice will include:

- The National Weather Service (including a Real Time Weather Station providing instantaneous weather information such as temperature, wind velocity and wind chill).
- EMTs will be available with a sheltered area.
- The Ross Park Zoo will have an exhibit of species appropriate to the weather.
- The Finch Hollow Nature Center will be on-hand with displays and to answer questions.
- The Broome County Underwater Dive Team will be present to demonstrate their skills.
- The Amigo Search & Rescue K9 dog training organization will be on hand with some of their K9 charges.
- We are still working on other possible displays and entertainment to make the event more interesting for the non-anglers. Free parking is available at Dorchester Park and parking is also available on Kiebel Road on the West side of the lake.
The derby hours are from 8 AM to 3 PM. At 3 PM, prizes will be awarded for the biggest crappie of the day (1st, 2nd and 3rd) and the biggest fish of a number of fish species. Prizes are awarded every fifteen minutes for the largest crappie caught during each 15 minute period. This encourages a steady flow of fish to the judges throughout the day. Other significant raffles and events will take place during the event.
Questions can be directed to Dave Hughes at (607) 692-3263 or visit our website at WWW.CRAPPIEDERBY.COM for details.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2014

Whitney Point, NY
- The 2014 running of the Almost-Annual New York State Crappie Derby is being postponed to February 8, 2014 due to the mild winter experienced so far. The event was originally scheduled for January 25, 2014. We are hopeful this will allow sufficient time for safe ice to form. We currently have approximately 7 to 8 inches of ice on the lake. We will be monitoring weather conditions and forecast projections over the next couple of weeks to track ice growth progress. Should it become obvious that sufficient ice is not likely to occur, a cancellation notice with be published. If sufficiently cold weather returns however, the February 8 date will be confirmed in a subsequent release.
The Derby is a family oriented event that allows everyone to get outdoors for a mid winter break. Although it is primarily an Ice Fishing event, other attractions will also be provided for spectators. There are usually far more spectators than registered contestants. Prize categories, such as Door Prizes, exist for those not successful in catching fish. The purse is expected to exceed $5,000.
There is something for everyone: an excellent fishing lake, prizes for fish along with Door Prizes, a midway with a number of exhibits, refreshments and port-a-johns on the ice. Some of the organizations participating will be the Ross Park Zoo (with some live animals or birds), Finch Hollow Nature Center with educational displays, the National Weather Service (with a real-time digital weather station), the Broome County Underwater Dive & Rescue Team, Amigo Search & Rescue Dogs and the Whitney Point Rotary Club will be providing a skating area with FREE loaner skates. For a thorough description and updates check out our website at WWW.CRAPPIEDERBY.COM.
For questions, contact Dave Hughes, Derby Coordinator,
607-692-3263
Email NYSCRAPPIEDERBY@AOL.COM.
Dave Hughes
2750 Hickory Street
Whitney Point, NY 13862

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 17, 2013
Whitney Point, NY
- The 2014 running of the Almost-Annual New York State Crappie Derby is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2014. The Derby is a family oriented event that allows everyone to get outdoors after a couple of months of being cooped up inside. Although it is primarily an Ice Fishing event, other attractions will also be provided for spectators. There are usually far more spectators than registered contestants. Prize categories exist for those not successful (or even trying) catching fish.
The entry fee is $2.00 for those over 12 years - FREE 12 and under. It is sponsored by the Whitney Point Sportsmen’s Association and the Broome County Department of Parks and Recreation. Free parking is available at Dorchester Park in Whitney Point as well as  Kiebel Road extension on the west side of Whitney Point Lake. Thousands of dollars in prizes will be awarded throughout the day with a significant amount set aside for the kids. We’ll find a reason to give them a prize. Each year that we’re lucky enough to develop safe ice, thousands of people attend. The last year we staged the event, in January of 2011, about 2000 registered to fish and compete for prizes and, including spectators, 5,500 people were in attendance. The purse that year was approximately $13,500.
There is something for everyone: an excellent fishing lake, prizes for fish along with Door Prizes, a midway with a number of exhibits, refreshments and port-a-johns on the ice. Some of the organizations participating with us will be the Ross Park Zoo (with some live animals or birds), Finch Hollow Nature Center, the National Weather Service (with a real-time digital weather station), the BC EMT team and we’re currently working bringing back the BC Underwater Dive Team. The local Whitney Point Rotary Club is considering hosting Ice Skating at the event. This would include free loaner skates if you don’t have your own.
Prizes are donated by area merchants and organizations, as well as some national vendors and groups from outside New York State.
For a thorough description and updates check visit our website at WWW.CRAPPIEDERBY.COM 

This website also contains current conditions of the lake on an updated basis. There is currently 3 to 5 inches of ice in the “pond” area. The channel has only 2 inches and should be considered unsafe at this time.

For questions, contact Dave Hughes, Derby Coordinator, 607-692-3263
              Email NYSCRAPPIEDERBY@AOL.COM .
Dave Hughes
2750 Hickory Street
Whitney Point, NY 13862

 

News Release
February 4, 2013
 

Whitney Point, NY – The Broome County Department of Parks and Recreation evaluated the status of Whitney Point Lake this morning and measured only 8 inches of ice. These ice dimensions are not believed to be sufficiently safe for the large number of participants expected for this upcoming Saturday’s scheduled NYS Crappie Derby.  It is therefore, with regret, that the Broome County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Whitney Point Sportsmen’s Association announce the cancellation of this years’ crappie derby. This year marked the 40th annual attempt to stage this event.  
We can look back this year and see a number of weather ‘flags’. Late “first ice” was December 29th due to a relatively warm month. We received a few brief cold blasts in January but usually interspersed by balmy warm spells. The warm spells were sufficient to retard any ice growth we may have experienced. The derby was postponed for two weeks at the point that we  maxed out at about 9 inches of ice. As we approached the week prior to the event, we received about 2 inches of rain with temperatures in the upper 50s. This caused a 4+ Foot raise in the lake level due to an inflow of warmer runoff water. This was most likely the derby’s death knell for 2013.  
An analysis of the 40 years history of this event tells us that there were no cancellations in the first ten years, the second ten years saw only two cancellations, the third ten years showed three cancellations and the last ten years, we have had to cancel five times. We prefer though to think of the 30 GREAT times that we have had our derby. 
In addition to the fishing, we had a number of other attractions planned for an on-the-ice Midway. The Ross Park Zoo, Finch Hollow Nature Center, National Weather Service, Broome County Underwater Dive Team and the Triangle EMT’s were scheduled to return. The Whitney Point Rotary Club’s “Free Skate” was scheduled to return this year with even more free “loaner” skates for our guests.   
Next year, the derby is scheduled for the last Saturday in January 2014, which would be the 25th of January. The derby attracts participants and visitors from a number of nearby states as well as most regions of New York State. One year, approximately 8,000 people attended. The derby is intended to be a “day out” after the typically cold months of December and January. It is frequently called “a party on the ice” due to its’ format. Please visit the Crappie Derby Website at WWW.CRAPPIEDERBY.COM for additional information. We’ll see you next year. 
For further information and contact:
Dave Hughes, Derby Coordinator
2750 Hickory Street
Whitney Point, NY 13862
607-692-3263
NYSCRAPPIEDERBY@AOL.COM

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 10, 2013

 

Whitney Point, NY - The 2013 running of the Almost-Annual New York State Crappie Derby is being postponed to February 9, 2013 due to the mild winter experienced so far. The event was originally scheduled for January 26, 2013. We are hopeful this will allow sufficient time for safe ice to form. We will be monitoring weather conditions and forecasts/projects over the next couple of weeks to track ice growth progress. Should it become obvious that sufficient ice is not likely to occur, a cancellation notice with be published. If sufficiently cold weather returns however, the February 9 date will be confirmed in a subsequent release.
The Derby is a family oriented event that allows everyone to get outdoors for a mid winter break. Although it is primarily an Ice Fishing event, other attractions will also be provided for spectators. There are usually far more spectators than registered contestants. Prize categories, such as Door Prizes, exist for those not successful in catching fish.
There is something for everyone: an excellent fishing lake, prizes for fish along with Door Prizes, a midway with a number of exhibits, refreshments and port-a-johns on the ice. Some of the organizations participating will be the Ross Park Zoo (with some live animals or birds), Finch Hollow Nature Center with educational displays and the National Weather Service (with a real-time digital weather station) along with other features. 

For a thorough description and updates check out our website at WWW.CRAPPIEDERBY.COM.

 For questions, contact Dave Hughes, Derby Coordinator, 607-692-3263
                                    Email NYSCRAPPIEDERBY@AOL.COM.
Dave Hughes
2750 Hickory Street
Whitney Point, NY 13862

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 1, 2011
Whitney Point, NY
- The 2011 running of the Almost-Annual New York State Crappie Derby is scheduled for Saturday, January 29, 2011. The Derby is a family oriented event that allows everyone to get outdoors after a couple of months of being cooped up inside. Although it is primarily an Ice Fishing event, other attractions will also be provided for spectators. There are usually far more spectators present than registered contestants. Prize categories exist for those not successful in catching fish.
The entry fee is $2.00 for those over 12 years -- FREE 12 and under. It is sponsored by the Whitney Point Sportsmen’s Association and the Broome County Department of Parks and Recreation. Free parking is available at Dorchester Park in Whitney Point as well as Kiebel Road extension on the west side of Whitney Point Lake. Thousands of dollars in prizes will be awarded throughout the day with a significant amount set aside for the kids. We’ll find a reason to give them a prize.
 Thousands of people attend each year when we’re lucky enough to develop safe ice. In January of 2010, 1339 registered to fish and compete for prizes and, including spectators, over 4,000 people were in attendance. The purse last year was over $14,000.
There is something for everyone: an excellent fishing lake, prizes for fish, along with Door Prizes, a midway with a number of exhibits, refreshments including great chili and chowder, and also port-a-johns on the ice. Some of the organizations participating will be the Ross Park Zoo (with some live animals and/or birds), Finch Hollow Nature Center with educational displays; the National Weather Service (with a real-time digital weather station) and we’re emphasizing seminars on the ice for new ice anglers – especially the kids. This year we will have Professional Ice Fishermen (ProStaff) hired by major outdoor product manufacturers/distributors. These ProStaff reps will be conducting continuous seminars during the derby day. Got a youngster who doesn’t know anything about ice fishing but wants to learn? All you have to do is dress warm and show up. If you have some equipment, bring it. If not, we will have loaners to show you how to participate in this outdoor activity.
Prizes are donated by local merchants and organizations, with some sponsors from outside New York State.
For a thorough description and updates, check out our website at WWW.CRAPPIEDERBY.COM
This contains current conditions on an updated basis.
For questions, contact Dave Hughes, Derby Coordinator, 607-692-3263
                                    Email NYSCRAPPIEDERBY@AOL.COM.
Dave Hughes
2750 Hickory Street
Whitney Point, NY 13862

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 11, 2011 

Whitney Point, NY – We are pleased to announce that the ice growth at Whitney Point Lake is progressing on schedule. With the current and extended weather outlook, we are optimistic that the derby will be held on the scheduled date of January 29, 2011. A News Release will be issued on or before Monday, January 24, 2011, to announce the GO or NO-GO decision.
As plans are coming together on this year’s derby, we’d like to release the following updates. In general we will be taking one step forward and one step backward.
Our step forward includes awarding a Lifetime NYS Fishing License to a young angler at the derby. One youngster between the age of 12 and 16 will be given a Lifetime Fishing license in New York which has a value of $460.00. This is being made possible by the generosity of the Southern Tier Chapter of Pheasants Forever who is sponsoring this prize and the Town of Triangle Clerk, who has made herself available to come out on a wintry Saturday to assist us in this. The rules and requirements to qualify for this prize can be found on the derby website listed below.
Now, one step backward. That is, backward in time. . .  This year it is planned to have skating for the public on Whitney Point Lake. Due to the generosity of the Whitney Point Rotary (and Interact, its local school club), a space will be set up for public skating. Back in the beginning years (1970s), the derby frequently had an area for public skating. The Rotarians will provide a good skating surface and supervise this activity between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM. The Rotarians are looking for donations of children’s ice skates. Donations can be made by contacting Jim Petrie at 607-222-8169. This will allow our young people to give it a try even if they don’t have skates.  

For a thorough description and updates, check out our website at WWW.CRAPPIEDERBY.COM
This contains current conditions on an updated basis.
For questions, contact Dave Hughes, Derby Coordinator, 607-692-3263
                                    Email NYSCRAPPIEDERBY@AOL.COM.
Dave Hughes
2750 Hickory Street
Whitney Point, NY 13862
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 24, 2011

 

Whitney Point, NY – The Whitney Point Sportsmens Association has been advised that the Broome County Department of Parks and Recreation has evaluated the ice conditions at Whitney Point Lake, along with next week’s forecast and deemed that conditions are favorable for safe ice. Authorization has been given to conduct the crappie derby as scheduled on January 29, 2011.

The purse is currently over $11,000 and still growing. Registration is $2 for those over 12 years of age. Persons registered will have opportunities to win prizes in many fishing categories and also Door Prizes. Anyone can register. In addition this year, anyone between the ages of 10 and 16 who is registered, can enter a free separate drawing for a Lifetime NYS Fishing License. One license will be awarded complements of the Southern Tier Chapter of Pheasants Forever. See the event’s website, WWW.CRAPPIEDERBY.COM for details on the event including Rules and Schedules.

The Derby Committee has set aside a large number of prizes for the younger participants to assure they have a good time. We will find a reason to give the youngsters a prize. We encourage families to come out and enjoy the day.The Whitney Point Sportsmens Association, who sponsors this event in cooperation with the Broome County Department of Parks and Recreation, are joined by local and national merchants who provide the prizes.

This year, Outdoor Equipment Manufacturers/Distributors have provided professional ice fishing representatives to conduct seminars for new ice anglers. Eight individual reps and one DEC rep will be on hand to instruct new anglers in the techniques of this sport. Fishing equipment will be loaned so that everyone can try it. Holes will be drilled and bait provided to those participating in the seminars.

Also this year, free public skating will be available courtesy of the Whitney Point Rotary. The rink will be created just offshore near the North Pavilion. Bring your skates. Free loaner skates will be provided as available.

Displays on the ice will include:

- The National Weather Service (including a Real Time Weather Station providing instantaneous weather information such as temperature, wind velocity and wind chill).
- EMTs will be available with a sheltered area.
- The Ross Park Zoo will have an exhibit of species appropriate to the weather.
- The Finch Hollow Nature Center will be on-hand with displays and to answer questions.
- We are still working on other possible displays and entertainment to make the event more interesting for the non-anglers.

The derby hours are from 8 AM to 3 PM. At 3 PM, prizes will be awarded for the biggest crappie (1st, 2nd and 3rd), the biggest fish of a number of fish species. Prizes are awarded every fifteen minutes for the largest crappie caught during that period. This encourages a steady flow of fish to the judges throughout the day. Other significant raffles and events will take place during the event.

Questions can be directed to Dave Hughes at (607) 692-3263 or visit our website at WWW.CRAPPIEDERBY.COM
for details.

 

 

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