Once again, the annual Lake Meyer Ice Fishing Derby, held Saturday, Feb. 8, had Lake Meyer crowded with excited and eager fishermen, women and children.

Over 80 people braved the frigid cold to try their hand at catching a winner.

Prizes were awarded for heaviest fish in several categories, and all participants were eligible for one of the many door prizes donated by local businesses.

Allen Massman of Calmar took home first place in the bluegill category with a fish of .490 pounds. Carl Stevenson of Waukon took second bluegill with a catch of .465 pounds. Heaviest crappie went to Mike Gustafson of Jesup, with a fish of .465 pounds. Eight-year-old Cody Meyer of Calmar took the second prize, hauling in a crappie weighing .440 pounds. No recordable perch, bass or northern pike were caught.

"We were very happy with this year's derby and would like to thank all the participants who came out and the many local businesses and organizations who helped make the day a success," said Ryan Wiltgen, derby organizer.

All proceeds from the event will be used for improvements to Lake Meyer and the surrounding park and campground. Future events and programs sponsored by Winneshiek County Conservation Board can be found at winneshiekwild.com or by calling 563-534-7145.