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Ice fishing challenge set for this weekend

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The 14th annual Alexandria Sertoma Ice Fishing Challenge is coming up this Saturday, February 8, with a grand prize of $15,000 going to the winner.

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A total of $35,000 will be paid out in the fishing tournament with a raffle payout of $9,800. The top raffle prize winner will take home $5,000. All proceeds from this event go to local charities.

The tournament will run from noon to 3 p.m. that day with a youth fishing expo running from 9-11 a.m. Professional fisherman Mike Frisch will host the youth expo with every kid 16 and younger getting a prize. Anglers for that are asked to bring their own pole.

Tickets cost $35 and are available online or at Christopherson Bait and Elden’s Fresh Foods in Alexandria. Tickets will still be on sale the morning of the tournament.

It could be a cold day for anglers with the extended forecast on Monday calling for a high of 6 degrees.

“I would assume the top spots will be northerns or walleye or bass,” Jeremy Shuck of Christopherson Bait said on Monday. “There will be a lot of perch and bluegills, rock bass further on down. That’s kind of how it is every year.”

For more information on the Ice Fishing Challenge, visit www.icefishingchallenge.org.

FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE

Anglers can earn a free ticket to this year’s ice fishing challenge by helping drill holes on Friday afternoon.

Be one of the first 20 people to bring an auger and get a free ticket ($35 value) to Saturday’s tournament. Those who don’t have an auger can still help drill holes and get their name in a drawing to win one of 10 IFC tickets to be given away.

Drilling starts at 12 p.m. on Friday, February 7 on the ice where the tournament perimeter is set up in front of Krueger’s Creek access on Lake L’Homme Dieu. Free lunch and beverages will be provided for all hole-drilling volunteers, along with the prize drawing to follow.

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