1,000 anglers to hit the ice on Saturday
There will be a multitude of shacks on wheels and pickups pulling trailers in Mobridge this week, as the anglers from 14 states and Canada descend on Mobridge for the Annual Ice Fishing Tournament.
The event, one of the largest ice fishing tournaments in the nation, begins Thursday, Jan. 10, with a new event, the Ice Fishing Expo at Scherr-Howe Event Center.
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 is open to the public and anglers who are fishing the tourney. Those attending the Expo will receive a passport that they need to get signed at each booth. That passport will be turned in for a chance at winning a raffle prize of a $1,100 Vexilar Double Vision Graph.
At the Expo, local experts will present the latest innovations in ice fishing for angler who can pick up some valuable tips and insight as pro staff from supporting companies will be on hand both days. On Thursday at 7 p.m. Several experts will hold a panel discussion on a variety of topics, including the history of portable shelters and their importance to the modern ice fisherman; factors that impact a day of walleye fishing on Lake Oahe; the best presentations for consistently icing numbers of Lake Oahe walleyes; specific tactics for catching trophy walleye’s and pass along valuable tackle tips. Dennis Kassube of Clam Pro, Kerry Konold of Outrageous Adventures Guide Service, Brent Kemnitz of MoPro Guide Service and Dennis Foster of Eyetime Promotions will present the information.
The rules meeting will be on Friday, Jan. 10, at Scherr-Howe.
The 500 two-person teams hit the ice on Saturday, Jan 12 with $165,000 in prizes on the line. In case of inclement weather, fishing will take place on Sunday, Jan. 13.
One of the new aspects of the prize winners’ event on Saturday evening will be a live leader board from Beadles Chevrolet that will be telecast at Scherr-Howe and on the web so that everyone can see the weights as the fish come in.
Michele Harrison, executive director of the Mobridge Chamber of Commerce and member of the Tourism Committee, said the event would not be possible if not for the many volunteers who help plan, set up, work the booths at the events and clean up afterwards.
“We would like to thank all the numerous volunteers and committee members,” she said.
– Katie Zerr –