Press Release: Cranberry Lake Volunteer Fire Department First Strike Ice Fishing Derby


December 26. 2017


Karen Soltau, Chairperson
Cranberry Lake, NY 12927
(315) 848-2937

Cranberry Lake Volunteer Fire Department
First Strike Ice Fishing Derby

Sponsored by the Cranberry Lake Vol. Fire Department the 2018 “First Strike” Cranberry Lake Ice Fishing Derby is scheduled for Saturday January 27th, 2018. The tournament is in its 9th year. The tournament runs from 7 AM to 3 PM.

FIRST STRIKE ICE FISHING DERBYKnown for its legendary fishing, Cranberry Lake is the third largest lake in the Adirondacks and one of the most popular fishing destinations, both summer and winter.

According to Derby Chairperson, Karen Soltau, “The extraordinary fishing, along with generous prizes have made this one the most memorable ice fishing tournaments in the northeast. Once again, we look forward to welcoming fisherman from all over the North Country, surrounding states & Canada. It’s always a remarkable day and lots of fun for the whole family”.

Due to the size of the tournament, Soltau strongly recommends early registration by mail. Pike Entry fee is $35.00 for Adults and kids and $10.00 for kids Perch Derby (12 and under) if registered by January 12th, 2018. Registrations postmarked by January 12th are eligible for a drawing for a $250.00 Gift Card from Bass Pro Shop. Entry fee after January 12th, 2018 will be $40.00

Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st – 5th place for the children’s (12 and under) perch derby. Every child who enters will receive a prize.

In the adult category hourly cash prizes will be to 1st – 3rd place. In addition to cash prizes, dozens of door prizes will be awarded. Up to $10,000 in total cash and prizes will awarded.

New for 2018: Mystery Weight Prize- Winners will be determined by the closest to the mystery weight, without going over predetermined weight. Prized denominations are $1000.00, $500.00, $250.00 and $250.00.

Registration forms and derby rules are available at or email

Updates are available on Facebook at

1905 Cranberry Lake advertisement: Part 2

From Mark Friden:

From the September 1905 issue of the same magazine are smaller ads for individual hotels. Self-explanatory.

We showed the Cranberry Lake advertisement yesterday.

1905 Cranberry Lake hotels ads Four Track News Sep issue

1905 Cranberry Lake advertisement: Part 1

From Mark Friden:

Here is a full-page ad from the August 1905 issue of The Four-Track News (I have every original issue from that year). I can’t make the scan any better without breaking the binding, which I am loath to do. Seeing as how the Cranberry Lake Railroad from Benson Mines to Wanakena was not yet even three years old when this ad ran, this demonstrates how popular Cranberry Lake had already become as a vacation destination.

1905 Cranberry Lake ad Four Track News Aug issue

News and Info for 08/19/2017

  • “We’ve got two more weekends after this, to deal with higher than usual number of visitors – even for the summer season – in the Adirondack backcountry. Popular parking areas, boat launches, and campsites fill early; consider visiting less popular areas of the Adirondack Park.”

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