MILO — The 59th annual Schoodic Lake Ice Fishing Derby wrapped up on Sunday.
The event was held by the Milo Fire Department, with the chief saying the turnout for the derby was a little greater than last year’s.
“The weather has cooperated. The lake has been booming with people. They’ve been catching a lot of fish, a lot of happy people running around on the lake with their snowmobiles and four-wheelers and pulling in fish left and right,” Milo Fire Chief Donald Richards said.
Families by the dozens were on Schoodic Lake to fish and eventually weigh their trout, grouper or salmon to see where they ended up on the leader-board.
“It went pretty good, we just kind of got lucky,” said Jackson Hutchins, a St. Albans resident who came out to the derby with his two young sons, William and Andrew.
“I really like my fish I caught,” William Hutchins said. “It was really hard. It was really hard.”
Richards said the weekend event drew a lot of people for good reason. In total, there was more than $18,000 worth of prizes on the line with a grand prize being a new ATV.
“The grocery store is booming. The little bait shop there and the gas station, it’s quite a boom for the town and the area,” Richards said.
Go to the derby’s website to see the prize drawing.