January 19, 2014

Cranberry Lake 'First Strike' Ice Fishing Derby set for Jan. 25

CRANBERRY LAKE — According to the Cranberry Lake Fire & Rescue Department, the 2014 “First Strike” Cranberry Lake Ice Fishing Derby is expected to have 10 to 14 inches of ice for the tournament scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25.

Organizers are thrilled with the ice build-up in spite of the recent warm weather. 

“The long-range forecast predicts more seasonal temperatures ensuring solid ice for the tournament,” Derby Chairperson Karen Soltau said in a press release. “The extraordinary fishing along with generous prizes has made this one of the most memorable ice fishing tournaments in the northeast.

“Once again, we look forward to welcoming ice fisherman from all over the North Country, surrounding states and Canada. It’s always a remarkable day and lots of fun for the whole family.”  

Entry fees are $30 for adults and $10 for the children’s perch derby.

Cash prizes will be awarded for first through fifth place for the children’s (12 and under) perch derby. Every child who enters will receive a prize.

In the adult category, up to $800 per hour in prize money will be awarded. In addition to cash prizes, dozens of door prizes will be awarded. Up to $10,000 in total cash and prizes will be awarded during the derby. Prize totals are estimates only, based on the total number of registered fishermen.

Registration forms and derby rules are available at or email Updates are available on Facebook at

Cranberry Lake, the third largest lake in the Adirondacks, is located in the western part of the Adirondack Park on the Oswegatchie River. The hamlet of Cranberry Lake and the lake itself were named for the cranberry bogs the lake once contained, a press release states.

A list of motels are listed on the Fire Department website at

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