The Great Salt Bay Ice Fishing Derby attracted hundreds of participants Saturday and raised thousands of dollars for the Great Salt Bay Community School playground.
Waldoboro resident Jared Simmons caught the biggest fish, a 10.02-pound brown trout, at Alfred Lake in Hope.
The lifelong fisherman said he hooked the fish, his biggest catch ever, around 7 a.m. and landed it with help from his brother after a 30-minute fight.
Simmons brought home an ice auger, courtesy of Newcastle Chrysler Dodge Jeep; and a jumbo Jet Sled, courtesy of The Route 66 Snowmobile Club.
Sadie Jamison, 4, of Phippsburg, won the youth division with a 5.59-pound largemouth bass, a late resident of Winnegance Lake in Phippsburg.
Jamison collected trophies for the biggest fish and biggest largemouth bass, as well as a pack basket, a prize bucket and traps.
Adam Newall, of Warren, won the big door prize, 150 gallons of heating oil from Dead River Company; while Lisa Hargreaves won a cord of firewood from Adam Rice Forestry.
The organizers distributed about 50 prizes for fish and many door prizes, all donated by area businesses, organizations and residents.
The event raised at least $5000. Ticket sales totaled more than $2500 before the doors opened for the weigh-in and Modern Woodmen of America provided a $2500 match. The Lincoln County News will report a final fundraising figure when it is available.
Steve Peaslee, one of the organizers of the derby, said he hopes to continue it as an annual event, possibly to benefit a different cause or organization each year.
Unofficial results appear below.
Largest fish overall: 1. Jared Simmons, 10.02-pound brown trout; 2. Kevin Verney, 5.96-pound largemouth bass; 3. Eric Prock, 5.95-pound lake trout.
Brook trout: 1. Derek Hanna, 1.93 lbs.; 2. Jamie Peaslee, 1.05 lbs.; 3. Hayden Peaslee, 0.8 lbs.
Brown trout: 1. Jared Simmons, 10.02 lbs.; 2. Eric Prock, 1.97 lbs.; 3. Doug Davis, 1.71 lbs.
Lake trout: 1. Eric Prock, 5.95 lbs.; 2. Mike Fitzmaurice, 3.71 lbs.; 3. Carol Anne Prentice, 1.89 lbs.
Largemouth bass: 1. Kevin Verney, 5.96 lbs.; 2. Joe Tipswood, 5.43 lbs.; 3. Jason Libby, 5.22 lbs.
Smallmouth bass: 1. P.J. Arsenault, 4.19 lbs.; 2. Travis Creamer, 3.61 lbs.; 3. Eddie Chickering, 3.45 lbs.
Pickerel: 1. Brett Verney, 1.95 lbs.; 2. Victor Eugley, 1.61 lbs.; 3. Darrel Clark, 1.45 lbs.
Yellow perch: 1. Leroy Harrington, 1.18 lbs.; 2. Charlie Reed, 0.91 lbs.; 3. Charlie Reed, 0.9 lbs.
White perch: 1. Dan Baty, 2.63 lbs.; 2. Peter Melhorn, 1.66 lbs.; 3. Nicholas Reno, 1.23 lbs.
Largest fish overall: Sadie Jamison, 5.59-pound largemouth bass.
Brook trout: 1. Jack Dunkin, 1.58 lbs.; 2. Ryan Hoffman, 1.32 lbs.; 3. Justine Murphy, 0.92 lbs.; 4. Tyler Horning, 0.79 lbs.
Brown trout: 1. Renner Lucas, 3.2 lbs.; 2. Nate Olson, 0.81 lbs..
Lake trout: 1. McKayla Simmons, 1.68 lbs.
Largemouth bass: 1. Sadie Jamison, 5.59 lbs.; 2. Madelyn Ward, 4.08 lbs.; 3. Dakota Peaslee, 4.05 lbs.; 4. Emily Carter, 3.98 lbs..
Pickerel: 1. Josh Ward, 3.63 lbs.; 2. Myles Wotton, 2.34 lbs.; 3. Shealyn Clifford, 2.22 lbs.; 4. Allison Poole, 2.09 lbs.
Smallmouth bass: 1. Mary Edna Genthner, 3.4 lbs.; 2. Myles Wotton, 3.13 lbs.; 3. Travis Creamer, 3.01 lbs.; 4. Travis Creamer, 2.96 lbs.
White perch: 1. Annabelle Benner, 1.85 lbs.; 2. Annabelle Benner, 1.76 lbs.; 3. Chloe Winchenbach, 1.46 lbs.; 4. Christina Baker, 1.43 lbs.
Yellow perch: 1. Ryan Haufman, 0.92 lbs.; 2. Courtney Gagnon, 0.9 lbs.; 3. Kaylee O’Brien, 0.88 lbs.; 4. Kayle Poland, 0.83 lbs.