City set to host 1,000 tournament anglers
– By Katie Zerr
The largest ice fishing tournament in South Dakota is set for Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12 in Mobridge, with 500 two-person teams registered to hit the ice on Saturday. There is $165,000 in prizes on the line when anglers take to the ice of Lake Oahe.
The rules meeting will be held at Scherr-Howe Event center on Friday.
“The registration went very well this year,” said Mobridge Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Harrison. “I am still getting calls everyday from people who want to register for the tournament.”
New this year is the ice fishing expo at Scherr-Howe on Thursday and Friday. The event will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. and again on Friday, Jan. 11 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The event will give anglers who are fishing the tourney, as well as anyone else in the area, the opportunity for the anglers to come and see firsthand the latest innovations in ice fishing. Anglers will find something of interest and pick up some valuable tips and insight as pro staff from supporting companies will be on hand to answer questions both days. On Thursday at 7 p.m. there will be several experts holding a panel discussion on several topics. Anglers can hear Dennis Kassube of Clam Pro, who will be talking about the history of portable shelters and their importance to the modern ice fisherman. Kerry Konold of Outrageous Adventures Guide Service will share his knowledge of factors that impact a day of walleye fishing on Lake Oahe. Brent Kemnitz of MoPro Guide Service will provide some valuable advice as to the best presentations for consistently icing numbers of Lake Oahe walleyes. Dennis Foster of Eyetime Promotions will focus on specific tactics for catching trophy walleyes and pass along valuable tackle tips.
Payouts will be made to the top 25 teams and to every team with numbers ending in zero (30, 40, 50 etc.)
Other prizes to be given out at the event Saturday evening at Scherr-Howe are Frabill rod and reel combos for every place ending in 1 and a $500 Beadle’s big fishing package for the largest walleye caught; $50 for the largest non-walleye; and for largest walleye caught by a young angler, continuing Denny Palmer’s tradition, a $100 ice fishing package.
There will also be an original John Green Painting to be auctioned off.
Mother Nature has cooperated this year and there are safe ice conditions for the tournament. In 2012, unseasonably warm weather kept ice from forming on Lake Oahe and the fishing portion of the tournament was cancelled. Team numbers were drawn for prizes and all were distributed.
Harrison said organizers have one meeting yet before the event to tie up loose ends, but for the most part the committee is ready to proceed with the tournament and the celebration of winter fishing in South Dakota.
– Katie Zerr –