Derby Rules

It's the Law!!

You Need to Know!!

* Minors under the age of 16 must have a valid Derby ticket if submitting fish for consideration. Fishing licenses are not required for minors under the age of 16 for ice fishing. Please refer to the laws set forth by the NH Fish & Game Department.

* Since Cusk are known to feed after dusk, it is permitted for anglers to set lines on the Friday evening of Derby weekend. However, all fish submitted for consideration for prizes must be caught after midnight to be eligible.

* The Derby Headquarter Trailer (in Meredith) ?sis open for Derby ticket sales and NH fishing license sales starting at 8am the Friday of Derby weekend. The trailer hours are: Friday, 8 am to 10 pm, Saturday, 6 am to 3 pm, Sunday 6am to 3 pm. Tickets sold after 12 noon Saturday of Derby Weekend will be eligible for ticket stub cash drawing prizes
only.

* The parents or guardians of any individual under 16 years of age who is awarded any prize is responsible for processing and submitting all necessary documents to the Internal Revenue Service, as required.

* All anglers must comply with the laws set forth by the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department. Ice Fishing rules can be viewed on the New Hampshire Fish & Game web site: http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing/fishing.htm .

* All fish must be legally and freshly caught from any fresh New Hampshire public waters (RSA:271:20) by the registered Derby ticket holder. Fish must be taken through the ice on Saturday or Sunday of Derby Weekend. All fishermen must ensure that fish being entered in the Derby are dead prior to entering the weigh-in line.

* A valid Derby ticket and a valid New Hampshire Fishing License will be required for identification when entering fish and claiming a prize. Minors under 16 years of age do not need a valid fishing license for ice fishing, but do need a valid Derby ticket when entering fish or claiming prizes.

* The parents or guardians of any individual under 16 years of age who is awarded any prize is responsible for processing and submitting all necessary documents to the Internal Revenue Service, as required.

* Weight at the time of entry determines winners. In case of a tie, length shall be the determinate factor. Earliest entry will be the final tie breaker.
Unacceptable Fish Include:
No Rainbow Trout under 17 inches in length will be accepted
No Lake Trout under 22 inches in length will be accepted
No Cusk under 22 inches in length will be accepted
No Pickerel under 22 inches in length will be accepted
No White Perch under 14 inches in length will be accepted
No Yellow Perch under 12 inches in length will be accepted
No Black Crappie under 13 inches in length will be accepted
No Bass, Brown Trout, or Salmon will be accepted

* Entered fish become the property of the Derby. All registered fish that are eligible for prizes will be retained until 4:00 pm on Sunday of Derby Weekend. Anglers may request the return of their fish after award presentations are finished. All fish not reclaimed by 4:00 pm on Sunday of Derby Weekend will be donated to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness for the feeding of their otters, raptors, bears, and other animals.

* The fish registration deadline for Saturday is 4:00 pm and Sunday 3:00 pm according to the Official Derby Time Clock at Derby Headquarters in Meredith. Fish registration begins at 8:00 am Saturday, and 7:00 am Sunday. No fish may be registered for Sunday’s prize board on Saturday.

* Any and all fish in anglers’ possession at Derby Headquarters in Meredith shall be dead; any live fish in possession will result in immediate Derby disqualification.

* Fish to be entered must be free of all debris such as snow, ice, lines, hooks, weights, etc. Meredith Rotary reserves the right to open or x-ray any fish.

* All anglers entering fish eligible for prizes of $500 or more will be required to sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury, certifying the date, time, lake, and person catching the fish.

* Rotarians and Derby Officials are not liable for any injury or loss of life or property. All anglers are responsible for their own safety and knowledge of their surroundings.

* ALL PARTICIPANTS HEREBY ACCEPT THESE RULES. IN THE INTREPRETATION OF RULES AND THE SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES, THE DECISION OF THE DERBY JUDGES SHALL BE FINAL AND BINDING.

Derby Rules

* All anglers must comply with NH Fish & Game Department laws.

* Salmon cannot be taken through the ice! Bass, Brown and Salmon are not allowed to be entered into this Derby. It is the responsibility of each angler to comply with the rules.

* While fishing in N.H. know that there are restrictions when using lead fishing sinkers and jigs. Please refer to N.H. RSA 211:13-b to make sure you are within the law.

* Littering of any New Hampshire lake is a violation of the law and nature. Anything left on the ice will, at some point, be released into the lake. Please keep America clean. Do the right thing! Carry off what you carry on. Be sure to use the bathroom facilities provided at Derby Headquarters in Meredith and in other locations.

* Lake Waukewan is a town water supply and it is a violation to drive any vehicle on this lake. The Meredith Rotary Club highly recommends you do not drive any vehicle onto any body of water.

* The Meredith Rotary Club strongly supports the Catch & Release philosophy. Be realistic in judging whether your fish will make the prize board. If the fish does not look to be of competitive size, release it back into the water. Various radio stations broadcast fish size information during the Derby.

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