NORWICH – It's official – the good news is in for winter anglers as the Oxford Lions Club checks the ice on Chenango Lake. This season’s brutally cold weather has kept the ice nice and thick allowing the annual Perch Derby – held by the Oxford Lions Club – to be held on Saturday, February 8th, 2014. The derby begins at 7 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m.
NBT Bank is sponsoring a $1,000 prize for the first perch caught with a 2014 tag. As in the past, if no tagged perch is caught, the $1,000 will be raffled off to registered anglers only. Preferred Mutual Insurance and Blueox Corporation are sponsoring the second $500 prize for the lucky angler catching a second perch with a 2014 tag. Also, $150 will be paid for the largest perch and $150 for the largest pickerel caught during the day, compliments of Mayhood’s Sporting Goods and David and Mary Emerson.