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FrontenacPike

Frontenac Sportsman's Ice Fishing Contest

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FrontenacPike

The Frontenac Sportsman's Club

Presents the....

22nd Annual Frontenac Sportsman's Club Ice Fishing Contest

February 9th 2008 1pm ~ 4pm

Located on the Frontenac Pond, Frontenac, Mn

$5.00 Entry Fee

60% Payback based on total entries sold

1st Place ~ 35% 4th Place ~ 10%

2nd Place ~ 25% 5th Place ~ 5%

3rd Place ~ 20% 6th Place ~ 5%

Plus $50.00 for the largest Pan fish, if not in payback

RULES

Must Follow MN & WI Border Regulations

Must Fish only in Flagged Area

No Fishing in Shacks or Portables

Only one Monetary (door) Prize Per Entrant

Fish must be alive when weighed in

Free Kids Contest (12 and under) from 11:30 ~ 12:30 LOTS OF PRIZES for the kids!!!

We will drill holes if needed.

There will be lots of games. Including a minnow eating contest!!

Hundreds of door Prizes

Food Available on site

Separate Raffle Tickets Available for $5.00

1st ~ $500 cash

2nd ~ Marcum LX3 TC

3rd ~ 2 night Rochester Kahler Hotel Package

4th ~ 1/4 Processed Beef

5th ~ Portable Ice Shack

6th ~ Gas Powered Ice Auger

7th ~ Treasure Island Package

8th ~ Folding Turkey Blind

9th ~ 225 lb Processed Pig

10th ~ 100.00 Cash

The Frontenac Sportsman's club is not responsible for accidents or loss of property

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sodajerk

Sounds like a good time!

One question though: I usually don't bring a sittin' bucket along, and I'd probably be there earlier and fish before the contest starts. So, could I fold down my portable and sit on the seat and fish during the contest?

My portable is the only sled I have to haul out my auger and stuff, so I'll need it on the ice. I don't think I'll want to drive out with all the people and probably vehicles that will already be out there. The ice can only take so much in a small area.

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MnSportsman

Folks, This is a great contest! I've attended at least 5 times & we always had a blast. Even won a few door prizes too. Great event for the whole family!!!! I recomend it to anyone. It can be very crowded, so you may want to get there early. \:\)

Frontenac Pike, I missed it 2 years ago(Wifes B-day)& warm winter/bad ice made me miss this event another time also. I've been waiting to hear if someone would post about it . I was going to go down there tomorrow(Friday) with my oldest son, to fish & stop in at the tavern & get the info, but ya helped out & posted it . Thanks a lot for filling us in! grin.gif

BTW, You may want to post this in the Rochester & S.Central forums also.

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Bugman

I fished sitting in my house last year. I had it in the wind block position being it was so cold. It was not a problem at all.

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FrontenacPike

Sodajerk

I don't believe I or any other of the members will give you a hard time for sitting on your seats as long as you have it flipped open and you are exposed to the elements. The whole goal of this fishing contest is to have fun, and discourage any kind of cheating in any way. We want everyone to have an equal opportunity at winning the prizes and therefore this rule was set in place. Another reason we want people outside is because throughout the whole contest, we will be giving away door prizes. You must be present to claim a door prize, and if you are inside of your shack you might not be able to hear when your name is being called. I believe the odds for winning a door prize is better than 60%.

One last tip...don't be afraid to bring a gill to the weight in station, several years back a gill or crappie won first place.

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sodajerk

One year (around 1990-92 or so) a bluegill or sunfish weighing around 1 ounce won the contest if I heard correctly. Needless to say it was a slow bite on contest day that year. Though I wasn't fishing much during those years (chasing chicks and drinking beer instead) I grew up right on the bank of Frontenac Pond, so I had information sources, but they weren't always that reliable. \:\)

I understand the rule requiring that no one be in a shack during the contest to curb any temptation to cheat. Just wanted to make sure I could still use the seat and the sled.

Can a fella sign up at B Wells ahead of time and get a raffle ticket or two as well?

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FrontenacPike

Yes, contest and raffle tickets are available at Bwells ahead of time. We will also be selling them at the event. I do remember the year a little dink sunny won the contest. It was a slow year and no body caught anything. Last year a lot of fish were caught and a 4lbs pike took first place.

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FrontenacPike

I just checked the Ice thickness yesterday, and there is a solid 18 1/2 inches of ice. \:\)

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sodajerk

I fished there this afternoon. Caught two small bluegills with really nice coloration, but not much size, and a 13" northern. Saw more on the flasher and missed a couple bites on my jig-and-spikes rod too.

Beautiful day for ice fishing, and there were a lot of people out there. I can't help but wonder if all the noise from sleds, wheelers and vehicles doesn't have an effect on the fish in such a shallow body of water. I was doing better fishing-wise before people were driving out there and there were fewer sleds around.

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FrontenacPike

I know a lot of good fisherman swear that noise kills fish activity and feeding patterns. I'm pretty sure that it was Dave Genz that once said get away from the people and noise and you will get the fish.

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sodajerk

I've had different things happen as far as noise. I've had fish bite more than once while someone is drilling a hole with a power auger 20 yards away, and I had two fish hit simultaneously a couple weeks ago when a couple bored kids were pounding the ice nearby with the end of a tree branch. I could feel the vibrations in the ice, so I'm sure the fish could too.

Isolated, sudden noises are different than the constant activity of sleds, wheelers and vehicles though. The fish know the difference between the peace and quiet of night time or during the week when people aren't around, and the constant activity of a warm weekend day. It can't help but have an effect on them.

Mr Genz is probably right. I've been wanting to try some of the spots on the pond that no one ever seems to fish and see what happens, like the east end and along the woods on the south side. Don't know anymore how much water there is in those areas but I guess there's one way to find out.

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fatcat45

That sound's like a good time for my son and myself,never been to frontenac..How do you get to the contest going north out of lake city..thanks..

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ice fishing maniac

north out of lake city on 61 to frontnac take a right on co. 2 go 1/4 mile you will drive right by the pond

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fatcat45

thanks,we'll be there..

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MnSportsman

2 days away... I've been looking forward to this one. My oldest son & a friend are planning on being there. And a few of my other friends are thinkin' about going too. Gonna get cold & windy, but the fronts coming in Fri. lat & Sat. early could make for some good fishing. But, there's always the contests, & the "Money bag" raffle tickets! ;\)

Hope to see some of you there!

\:D

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wormin'smallies

Last minute update:

Since it is going to be cold and windy this weekend, with windchills of -30, the frontenac sportsmans club is allowing, that you may fish in a shack. Permanent or portable, whatever will keep you warm. This is only the second time in contest history that this is being allowed.

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MnSportsman

Thanks for the "heads up"! I woulda stayed out there for as long as I could, but it sure could get dangerous for some folks & the kids, getting down that cold. Thanks again!

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FrontenacPike

The weather is forcasted to be about 9 degrees with up 20 MPH winds!!

With these conditions, the committee has decided to cancel the kidde fishing contest and allow contestants to fish out of shelters during the contest.

Please let everybody know they can come down to enjoy the day a still fish and stay warm.

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ice fishing maniac

a crappie won the contest it was cold but a really good time like always i won the hand auger contest for the 4th year in a row thank you very much cant wait till next year

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FrontenacPike

A couple pictures I figured I'd share. We all had a blast even though the weather was miserable. Can't wait till next year!!!!!

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