Ice Fishing Challenge moves to Lake Agnes SaturdayMore than 3,000 people will gather on the ice of Lake Agnes in Alexandria Saturday, February 12, as the 11th annual ice fishing challenge gets under way.
More than 3,000 people will gather on the ice of Lake Agnes in Alexandria Saturday, February 12, as the 11th annual ice fishing challenge gets under way.
The event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at its new venue; it was formerly held on Lake L’Homme Dieu.
Agnes Boulevard NW will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. that day in an effort to minimize traffic on the ice and to deter parking along the narrow roadway.
Parking will be available at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, with shuttles starting at 8 a.m.
Accompanying the new venue is a new prize structure, with all-cash prizes awarded for the top 100 fish.
This year’s prize pool totals $40,200, with the top fish earning $10,000. The 100th place fish will earn $1,000.
Those not interested in fishing can purchase raffle tickets, with a total prize pool of $21,800.
This year’s event will also feature a youth fishing expo from 9 to 11 a.m.. Professional fishermen will offer a free educational and interactive event for youth ages 16 and younger.
Tickets for the Ice Fishing Challenge are $35 per contestant and can be purchased online at www.icefishingchallenge.org or at any of the following retail locations: Christopherson’s Bait or Elden’s Food Fair in Alexandria, the General Store in Osakis, Koep’s Corner in Glenwood, or the Super Stop in Sauk Centre.