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Ice fishing challenge set for this weekend

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.”

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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.