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07 June 2023


Derby Book Update - Rule 2

Please note that we have a typo in Rule 2 in the Printed Derby Handbook.

The rule was printed as:

The official fishing Derby boundary waters are New York State waters of Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River only.


The correct wording is as follows:

The official fishing Derby boundary waters are all US waters of Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River only.

Please note this change and we apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

- The Derby Committee

07 June 2023

23 May 2023


39th Annual Walleye Derby Book Released

We are proud to announce that our new full sized redesigned 2023 Official Derby HandbBook is now available in hard copy at the club and online.

When you sign-up for the derby at the club we are giving out one printed book this year per person. With us only being able to print a limited quantity of books we kindly ask that if you are in a boat with multiple Derby particpants that you only take one book for your party. You can view it anytime by clicking here.


26 April 2023


39th Annual Walleye Derby Rules

We have a had a few requests for the rules and wanted to ensure that everyone could easily obtain a copy. 

In addition to the rules being located on the Derby Sign-Up Page as they are each year to verify you have read them before you sign-up online. They are now also located here as well for you to easily Download and print at your convenience.


26 April 2023

29 March 2023


Announcing the Derby Youth Weekend

We are happy to announce that the Derby Youth Weekend will be ready to go for this years event thanks to Lakeshore Hardware

Rules and Other Details...

  • Heaviest 23" minimum length walleye caught by a youth 16 & Under and acurrent STWA Junior Member

  • Must be fishing with a legal guardian 18 years old and over who is also in the Derby and that persons name must also be noted on the weigh slip when a youth fish is entered

  • Lifetime fishing license to the winner or the equivalent value  in gear if the winner already has a lifetime fishing license

  • All other Derby rules apply

  • No Bad Weather/Wind Rescheduling

16 Jan 2023


Announcing the Derby Daily Walleye

$1000 Per Day

We are very proud to announce this new prize to our contestants for this year, we are sure this will make for even more fun on the water.

Rules and Other Details...

  • Every adult contestant is eligible to win any of the nine days.

  • Only the highest cash prize won by each person during the Derby will be paid out and cannot be combined with any other main Derby winnings. The lower dollar amount of winnings will be forefitted in lieu of the higher dollar prize. This excludes calcuttas.

  • The heaviest fish of each day of the nine days will be paid.

  • All standard Derby Rules will apply.

16 Jan 2023

16 Jan 2023


STWA Prize Showcase

Extra Derby Winnings

Our various sponsors each year bring some great prizes to the event for our particpants and this year is no exception. On top of the awesome sponsor prizes for our major and corporate days we now have some addtional great prizes that we think will just add to the excitement.

  • West Herr NY Walleye

  • Joe Leonarczyk Memorial Walleye

  • 39th Derby Daily Walleye

  • Kilam Derby Lure Prize

16 Jan 2023


Announcing the West Herr NY Walleye

Once again we are proud to announce the that West Herr is back on board with the West Herr NY Walleye prize. The New YOrk Waters only prize returns to the 39th Annual Derby.

On June 18th at 5pm a Random Weight Will Be Drawn. The First Walleye Caught that is Closest Up to the Drawn Weight and Not Over, Wins! Fish Must Be 26” Minimum, All Standard Derby Rules Apply. In the Event of a Tie, Time Weighed In and Fish Length Will Determine the Winner.

16 Jan 2023

20 Nov 2022


We are pleased to announce our 39th Annual Walleye Derby Launch Party.

Please stop by the Club on January 6th between 6-10pm

Free Beer Tasting from Community Beer Works!

Sign-Up Early to get into the Early Bird Drawings!

7:30 New Derby Details Revealed!!

  • Is there a new pay-out structure?
  • New Rules for 2023?
  • Who are our Sponsors
  • Where are the Weigh Stations?
  • Calcutta’s?
  • Cost to Enter?
  • Details on our Derby Book and Prizes

Free BBQ Hamburger to Attendees

  • One per person, more for purchase

Sign-Up for the Derby and receive a ticket for one well drink

  • Cash bar for additional drinks

50/50 Drawing, Giveaway Prizes

07 Jan 2023


Online Registrations are Now Open!

Please go to our online sign-up page to register for the 39th Annual Walleye Derby.

Click here to Register Today >

Weigh Station Sign-Up

Please visit our sign-up page and select the station of your choice to volunteer for the Derby. Note all stations must have at least two people per day to be opened for the Derby. Failure to fill a station for that day with at least two people will force us to close that station.

07 Jan 2023

14 Oct 2022


The Derby committee has spent a lot of time planning the upcoming Derby 2023. WE continue to value the continued support of our valubale sponsors such as:

In an effort to promote our sponsors’ products, and with the hope of increasing our monthly meeting attendance, we are happy to announce the return of the Early Bird Drawings for the upcoming 2023 event.
In order to be eligible for the drawing in June, you must be entered into the Derby. It is also a requirement that you attend at least four out of the six meetings held from January through June. Beginning on January 19th you can sign up for the Derby in person at our meeting.

- The Derby Committee 

13 Oct 2022


We want to thank Rick Malik with Kilam Custom Baits for his very generous support of our 2023 Derby. Rick will be providing the 39th Annual Derby Lure, see the flyer below for details.

This lure will be available for purchase at our November 17th General Mtg. and at various events and mtgs. right up until the Derby begins. Don't miss out on an opportunity to win a $200 contingency prize.

- The Derby Committee 

13 Oct 2022

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