Weekend’s Benefit Ice Fishing Derby at Ocean Lake brought in over $7,000; Winners announced

    (Midvale, Wyo.) – It was a chilly, but fun weekend for the ice fishing on Ocean Lake and for the 8th Annual Midvale Benefit Ice Fishing Derby. The real winner was little 5-year-old William Apodaca of Riverton, who was diagnosed with Diabetes this past April and is learning to manage the disease.

    Proceeds from donations, a silent auction and a chili cook-off went to the boy’s family for medical expenses and travel to specialists in Denver. Many of the cash prizes raised from the other half of the entry fees were donated back to the family.

    William was happy for several reasons. Not only did the event raise over $7,000 to help his family with expenses, but he won the third place prize for largest Walleye with a 4.9 pound walleye.

    Midvale Store owner Lou Rochlitz posed with William Apodaca and his big Walleye during the awards at the annual Midvale Ocean Lake Benefit Ice Fishing Derby.
    Photo h/t Ernie Over

    2019 Ocean Lake Benefit Ice Fishing Derby prizes were award to:


    1st – 5.63 pounds, Ronny Schuback

    2nd – 5.06 pounds, Daryl Gambler


    3rd – 4.9 pounds, William Apodaca


    1st – 5.25 pounds,Wyatt LeClair


    2nd – 2.81 pounds, Kelly Herric

    3rd – 2.63 pounds, Bridger Lawson



    1st – 1.56 pounds, Troy Bath

    2nd – 1.38 pounds Gary Nolde

    3rd – 1.34 pounds, Josh Smith


    1st – 2.88 pounds, Roland Beebe

    William Apodaca’s proudly displays his 3rd place Midvale Fishing Derby Trophy from the weekend on Ocean Lake. Photo h/t Chance Rochlitz

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