PLYMOUTH - After two years of cancellations, the Terryville Fish & Game Clubâ€™s ice fishing derby is good to go this year.
The derby usually takes place on the first Saturday in February, but it can only happen if there is enough ice - a minimum of six inches of clear ice.
â€śThe ice is about eight inches thick,â€ť said Anthony Orsini, Terryville Fish & Game president. â€śTrout were stocked into the Middle Pond on Saturday, Jan. 27. We are all set.â€ť
The derby will take place this Saturday, Feb. 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the 13.4 acre pond on Grove Street, Terryville.
Derby registration begins at 7 a.m. in the clubhouse. Breakfast sandwiches and refreshments will be available starting at 6:30 a.m. in the clubhouse.
The last time the derby took place was in 2015, when the ice was reported to be about 14 inches thick. In 2016 and 2017 the club was forced to cancel the event due to unseasonably warm temperatures in late January and early February.
Itâ€™s disappointing when the club has to cancel, because the event gets people who do the ice fishing circuit coming in from all over the state, Orsini said last year.
Whenever the club has to cancel, rescheduling isnâ€™t an option because it could conflict with other organizations and clubs that have their scheduled ice fishing derbies, he added.
For more information about the derby, contact Eileen Klimanoski at 860-589-4740. For more information about TFG, visit www.terryvillefishandgame.org .
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-584-0501 ext. 1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.