Feb 5, 2015 10:21 PM

36th annual Meredith Fishing Derby held this weekend


MEREDITH - It's just two days and counting until the 36th Annual Ice Fishing Derby on Lake Winnipesaukee.

It's a great time for a great cause.

On the Lake, all you need to do is just let the sign point you in the right direction.

Wherever your bobhouse it, that could be thee place for some real good fishing.

"Ticket sales are up," says Dave Wiggin, Derby Chairman. "The weather is great. Certainly plenty of snow. Plenty of cold weather. It's ice fishing time."

And indeed it is.

Thousands come from all over for the annual event.

They're there not just to fish but plenty of onlookers, as well.

"It's grown from a few hundred fishermen to one of the largest ice fishing events in the Northeast and the largest fishing derby in the state of New Hampshire," says Wiggin.

All of the money raised stays local, Wiggin says, and it goes to the Meredith Rotary Club, several programs that the club supports, including scholarships, civic and community improvement projects, as well as the Meredith Food Panty.

"It gets people into the restaurants," says Wiggin. "The hotels are full. It gets people into the stores and it gets a lot of things going on here in what would otherwise be a pretty, quiet, cold place to be this time of year."

As participants putting the finishing touches on their bobhouses and leveling them off so they're not crooked and even making it feel a little bit like their real home.

Tickets on the sale at the lake beginning Friday.

And if you don't have your fishing license, there's no need to worry.

You can buy one right on the Lake.

After all, you're bobhouse doesn't have to be pink but as the writing on one bobhouse says, this is the place to be.

"It's quite a spectacle if you've never seen it before," says Wiggin.


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