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Ice fishing challenge on February 8

The 14th annual Alexandria Sertoma Ice Fishing Challenge is coming up on February 8 on Lake L’Homme Dieu 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. More information is available at

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 noon 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.