DEFY Ice-Fishing Derby held across Hancock County

OTIS — The following are winning results from the inaugural Down East Family YMCA Ice-Fishing Derby held Feb. 10-11.

Contestants were allowed to fish at any lake or pond legally open to fishing throughout Hancock County. Weigh-ins were held both days at Dunn’s Aviation Hangar on Beech Hill Pond in Otis.

The top-two finishers in each division were declared winners, and event organizers handed out over $10,000 worth of prizes. Winning fish were decided by weight in pounds.


  1. Chris Kane, 24.21 inches, 4.80 pounds (Branch Lake)
  2. Keith Morges, 22.09 inches, 3.50 pounds (Branch Lake)


  1. Joe Garcia, 27.60 inches, 7.55 pounds (Green Lake)
  2. Sam Bunch, 25.08 inches, 6.70 pounds (Green Lake)


  1. John Perry, 25.08 inches, 3.75 pounds (Green Lake)
  2. Ben Naumann, 24.02 inches, 3.65 pounds (Green Lake)

Brook trout

  1. Chris Wilson, 18.90 inches, 2.70 pounds (Lower Hadlock Pond)
  2. Tim Grant, 16.73 inches, 1.85 pounds (Lower Hadlock Pond)


  1. Mitchell Domagala, 19.84 inches, 3.80 pounds (Upper Patten Pond)
  2. Heather Gordon, 18.31 inches, 3.45 pounds (Beech Hill Pond)

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