Ice Fishing Anglers Don’t Miss Out; $225,000 in Cash and Prizes on Devils Lake
Oct 26th, 2013 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Oct 26th, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Before the lake even starts making ice, Devils Lake already has its thoughts on ice fishing; and ice fishing tournaments. Devils Lake is the largest natural lake in North Dakota and covers well over 200,000 acres.
The ice fishing season kicks off as soon as conditions permit, but officially with one of the biggest events in the area, the Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department Ice Fishing Tournament. The 30th annual event occurs January 25, 2014, and averages over 4,000 anglers out on the ice for the afternoon. With over $225,000 in fishing prizes and a massive 150-prize drawing, this perch, pike and walleye tournament is designed for family fun.
Fire Chief Jim Moe said the easy-to-fish contest on Six Mile Bay offers convenient parking within walking distance of the pre-drilled holes. Third prize for largest perch wins a 2014 Ram Quad 1500 Express Truck. Second place in the walleye division wins an $8,000 ATV, and the second place pike wins a $9,000 hard-shell ice shelter. Cash prizes will also be paid to the top five places.
Tickets for the event go on sale every year in October and the 18,000 tickets go fast.
“This ice fishing tournament has a huge economic impact for the City of Devils Lake. It fills up the motels and resorts, and the money raised comes back to the community,” said Suzie Kenner, Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director. Jim Moe said, “This fund-raiser has helped buy some nice fire trucks and rescue equipment over the years.” Also funded are local youth activities and scholarships. More details for the tournament can be found at dlvfdicefishingtourney.com.
Devils Lake fishing guides target perch, walleyes, white bass and pike. To contact guides and for the latest lake conditions, fishing reports, lodging, activities, restaurants, tournament news and resorts, check www.devilslakend.com, or call 701-662-4903.
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