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dose anyone have any more info on this event?

what kind of turnout is expected?

prizes?

ticket cost?

do we drill our own hole?

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All holes will be pre-drilled. I would quess couple hundred for turnout. I can't remember ticket cost. Prizes are ok. Lots of Hope Creamery Butter (very good stuff). Just not much for fish caught. I know a couple years they have had to draw for winners cause no fish caught. My dad goes every year he won cash one year that no fish were caught.

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From the NRHEG Star Eagle newspaper:

The Ellendale-Geneva Area Sportsmen's Club will hold its annual Ice Fishing Contest at Beaver Lake, Ellendale, on Sunday, February 10, 2013. It will start at 12 noon and last until 1:30 p.m. If the contest is cancelled because of ice or weather, the event will be held on February 17. There will be a prize drawing with the grand prize being $200, 2nd place $100, and 3rd place $50. People need not be present to win prizes. The person with the largest fish will win $75; the second largest will win $50; and the third largest will win $25. Live bait and food will be available. You can listen to KOWZ - 100.9 FM to hear for cancellation.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Beaver Lake fishing contest postponsed until next Sunday at noon as heard on KOWZ radio in Owatonna a few minutes ago. Good thing, kind of wet out there today.

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Headed down to check this out on Sunday. Contest said it ran from noon-1:30PM. We showed up at 11AM which was plenty early. Had our pick of holes. No real entry fee to speak of but rather purchasing a book of raffle tickets for $8 seemed to be the thing to do. The tickets were a good deal because they gave away A LOT of door prizes during the 1.5 hour tourney and there was a cash drawing at the end. I won a stocking hat from a soybean outfit and my buddy won 20lbs of cat food from the local farmer's feed supply. Not a bad prize if you had a cat. He did not. Oh yeah and Hope butter was a hot give away too. Saw that posted earlier in this thread.

There was a good crowd at noon for the start and most holes were occupied. I think maybe 8 fish were caught total with the winner having like a 85 gram sunny. Yeah, I said grams. My little perch had me in first place for about 20 minutes. Must have ended up 6th or 7th.

It was a good time and we will give it another whirl next year. Thanks to the Ellendale-Geneva Sportsmen's Club. Nice laid back crowd running the thing too.

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