Fffishing, fffun coming for Fffishtival

Louise Oleson Journal Managing Editor
Anglers in this coming weekend's Fffishtival at Minnewaukan may catch a nice walleye like this one.

Minnewaukan is known as “The little town by the big lake.” Residents there are taking advantage of that “big lake,” also known as Devils Lake, and hosting the 11th annual Minnewaukan Community Club and Fire Department Winter Fffishtival coming on March 5.

This event has grown in popularity over the years, according to one of the organizers, Aaron McQuoid. He said they expect as many as 400 to 500 anglers this year because the weather has been so nice, provided the ice remains in good shape.

Ice fishing

A day filled with fun in the great outdoors is planned including fishing prizes for the big ice fishing tournament which starts at 6:30 a.m. with registration. Fishing is to take place between 6:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. with weigh-ins during fishing hours.

Anglers are limited to one fish weigh-in per ticket. For registration and contest rules, they are available on March 5 at the Fire Hall.

The 2016 Fishing prizes include:

First prize: for northern, walleye and perch $500 each for the biggest in each category.

Second prize northern wins an Ion Ice Auger, second prize walleye wins a Vexilar FL28 and second prize perch wins $400 cash.

Third prize northern wins $350, third prize walleye wins $350 and third prize perch wins a Jiffy Lite Ice Auger.

Fourth prize northern wins $300, fourth prize walleye wins a portable ice house and fourth prize perch wins $300.

Fifth prize northern wins $225, fifth prize walleye wins $225 and fifth prize perch wins an underwater camera.

Sixth prize northern wins a grocery card, sixth prize walleye wins $200 and sixth prize perch wins $200.

Seventh prize northern, walleye and perch each wins $150.

Eighth prize northern, walleye and perch each wins $100.

Ninth prize northern, walleye and perch each wins $50.

Tenth prize wins $25 in each category, as well. To claim the fishing prizes, you must be present to win.

Raffle drawing

Raffle prizes will be drawn after the weigh-in, you need not be present to win these, and you have 30 days to redeem your prize.

Those prizes include to following:

First prize: A 2015 Polaris UTV Ranger 570

Second prize: Dak Shack Ice House

Third prize: $1,000 cash

Fourth prize: DPMS AR 15 .223

Fifth prize: Ice Auger

Sixth prize: Ruger LCP .380 (pistol)

Seventh prize: Vexilar

Eighth prize: SR 22 (pistol)

Ninth prize: $100 cash

Tenth prize: Ruger SR .22AR

Winners are responsible for all taxes, titles and licensing fees. They must be over 18 to sign for any firearms and comply with ATF, over 21 for the pistols.

Proceeds from the event will go to equipment needed and events held throughout the year.

The Minnewaukan Legion will be serving breakfast from 5 a.m. until 9 a.m.

Lunch will be served Saturday in the Fire Hall beginning at 10 a.m.

The first 50 kids that come to fish will get a special gift from the Fffishtival crew, so make sure to bring the family.