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  1. MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The dates for the National Lake Trout Derby 2022 is May 28th, 29th, 30th, Memorial Day. 

    This year the Seneca Lake derby will be paying out $29,000 in cash prizes! $10,000 going to the biggest fish! 

    Registration applications will be mailed out in the next few weeks. Online entries will open the first week in January at www.laketroutderby.org. 

    This year we are selling $15 Chicken Dinners to help support the derby. Tickets can be purchased with your registration or at any point leading up to the derby. The Dinners will be ready for pick up on Memorial Day between 12:00pm and 2:00pm (right before the derby final ceremony). 

    If you have any questions regarding the derby please reach out to us at [email protected] or call us at (315) 789 5520. 

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  2. We are in full swing preparing for the National Lake Trout Derby on Seneca Lake! Derby will be held on May 29, 30, and 31. 

    Many people may not realize that the National Lake Trout Derby is run 100% by registration fees and sponsorship money. This derby brings 800+ anglers to Seneca Lake every memorial day weekend and has for the last 57 years. When you become a sponsor with the Lake Trout Derby, you are promoted on our websites sponsor page at laketroutderby.org. You are also given a spotlight post on the National Lake Trout Derby member Facebook Page! Sponsors are also welcome to join us at the big award ceremony on memorial day and talk with people/hand out flyers. 


    If you or your company would like to support the National Lake Trout Derby with sponsorship, please reach out to us at (315) 789 5520 or email us at [email protected].

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  3. The National Lake Trout Derby Team is always looking for success stories of fishing on Seneca Lake. Share your photos and stories with us so we can spread some joy during these cold uncertain times. We would love to see your photos during one of the Seneca Lake Derbies, or hear your success stories of a great weekend fishing on Seneca. Photos can be shared in this thread or to our email at [email protected]. You can also ask to be a member of our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/195327587289339.


    Website: www.laketroutderby.org

    Phone: 315 789 5520 

  4. Something to look forward to! Seneca Lake National Lake Trout Derby 2021

    Memorial Day Weekend is May 28th, 29th, 30th of 2021. We are expecting to have all three weigh stations participating! We are excited to have the new SamSen Marine working with us at the Sampson State park. The derby is anticipating paying out $29,250 in cash prizes in 2021.

    Attached is a photo of Dan Miller with his wining fish from the 2020 season. This Landlock Salmon weighed in at 10.14lbs, it was the first Landlock Salmon to ever win the Derby! 

    For more information on the 2021 derby check out laketroutderby.org or ask to join the National Lake Trout Derby on Seneca Lake.


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  5. The 55th Annual National Lake Trout Derby is STILL ON. With approval from the health department we are moving forward with this years derby.
    Some necessary alterations to this years derby are as follows
    1. The only location that will be open for weigh station will be Stivers Seneca Marine in Waterloo NY.
    2. Prize money will be prorated with the number of registrants for the 2020 derby. Mail-in registration cut off extended to May 15th. Online registrations accepted until May 22nd at 5:00pm. Stivers Marine accepting walk in registrations until May 22nd 11:59pm.
    3. The award ceremony held on Monday at the completion of the derby is CANCELED and prizes will be mailed.
    4. We are not having the blind drawing at the weigh station. We encourage you to limit your trips to the weigh station by checking the online live standings regularly during the derby. Do not bring in a fish that you do not believe will place. We will only be paying out 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes.
    5. Fish with those family and friends that you have been staying home with. Do not congregate.
    6. The $4,000 cash prize raffle will be postponed until 2021. All tickets sold will be put in the 2021 drawing.
    Weigh in station protocol:
    - When you arrive to Stivers Marine, whether by boat or car, please blow your horn or call the marine (315) 789 5520 to let us know of your arrival. Only one boat/car at a time at the weigh tent.
    -Remain 6ft apart while at the weigh station.
    -Return to boat/car immediately after fish are entered.
    We appreciate everyone's understanding of the changes to this years derby. Good luck, and stay safe.
    The Derby Team 

    Check out Lake Trout Derby website to register for the National Lake Trout Derby. The derby will be held on Seneca Lake over Memorial Day weekend. So many chances to win with over $30,000 in prizes given out! With live online updates you can keep track of fish being entered all weekend long. Award ceremony will be held at Slivers Seneca Marine in Waterloo NY at 3:00pm. Live music will be available as well as food and drinks.  

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  7. Big Prize - $10,000!!! Biggest fish takes takes home 10 grand. Last year the biggest fish was an 11lb Lake Trout caught the second day of the derby. Anyone is eligible to enter the derby with a New York State fishing license. Listed below are all the prize breakdowns - over $30,000 in cash prizes given.


    Registration Locations located all around Seneca Lake, Find the registration Location nearest you on our website at www.laketroutderby.com. Registration for the derby can also be found online. 


    DERBY HELD MAY 23, 24 ,25 2020 


    Major Awards: 

    Lake Trout 

    1st - 3,000

    2nd - $1,500

    3rd - $1,000

    4th - $500

    5th - $250


    Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Landlocked Salmon

    1rst - $2,000

    2nd - $1,000 

    3rd - $750 

    4th - $250

    5th - $100 


    Minor awards given to 5 places in EACH characteristic.

    Men, Women, Seniors, Teen, Juvenile.

    1st - $200

    2nd - $150

    3rd - $100

    4th - $50

    5th - $25


    $250 early bird drawing. Open to all who register before May 1st 

    Six $50 cash drawings (three per weigh station). Open to all who register fish at any of the three weigh stations

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