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Three Lakes Fishing Contest: $50,000 in cash & prizes

Katie Loobyklooby@skyhidailynews.comGranby, Colorado

Grand Countys 21st Annual Three Lakes Fishing Contest will take place this year Friday through Sunday, Jan. 30- Feb. 1 with more than $50,000 offered in cash and prizes.The Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce under a special use permit from with the Arapaho National Forest and Sulphur Ranger District presents the largest ice-fishing contest west of Mississippi River. In each category, there are eight places with $1,000 as the top prize. The contests raffle drawing grand prize is a pickup; second place is a snowmobile; and third place is a fish finder. The drawing for the raffle contest is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Granby Community Center. There are five places children can place in, in each age group. More than 100 children participate every year, said Chamber Director Sharon Brenner.Participants win cash by catching the biggest fish in the mackinaw trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and Grand Slam categories. To be a Grand Slam winner, contestants must catch one a mackinaw trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and Kokanee salmon.The guys and gals that are serious will fish for the Grand Slam, said Stave Brenner, who helps organize the contest. Same money, bigger trophy!First place winners will be awarded $1,000 while second place gets $500 and third place, $250. Fourth through eighth place finishers will receive prizes ranging from $175 to $75. Winners of the big fish contest must be present when the winners are announced, or the prizes will go to the next biggest fish in this category.Kids can also participate in the Youth Division of the Three Lakes Fishing Contest. The young anglers are divided into four age groups: ages five and under, ages 6-9, ages 10-14, and ages 15-17. They will receive trophies, and compete for cash prizes and gift certificates from local businesses.Fish must be caught during the three days of the competition and taken from the waters of Lake Granby, Granby Pump Canal, Shadow Mountain Lake, Grand Lake and up to 500 hundred yards of downstream of the Shadow Mountain Dam on the Colorado River. People come from all over the state and surrounding states to participate in the event that attracts an average of about 1,500 people. We encourage them all to go to the local restaurants and lodging and spend a little money while there up here, Brenner has said.Those fishing in the Arapaho National Recreation Area (primarily the Lake Granby and Shadow Mountain Lake areas) must purchase a ANRA pass. These passes can be obtained at the Sulphur Ranger District office in Granby, the Arapaho and Green Ridge fee entry stations, the self-service pay station at Stillwater or from local vendors. A current Colorado fishing license must be shown for all contestants ages 16 and over. Contest entry forms are required from all participants. Colorado Fishing rules and regulations apply to the contest, including bag and possession limits from adults and children. Participants should dress for the weather, wear layers of clothing, and bring their fishing equipment. People can walk or get on the lake by a snowmobile. The tournament starts half an hour before dawn and ends a half an hour after dusk Friday and Saturday, on Sunday it begins a half an hour before dawn and concludes noon on Sunday. The fishers vary from, the beginner whos never fished before all the way up to the semi-pro, Brenner said.Entry fee for the three days of the annual contest is $35. Children ages 17 and under are free. For more information, call the Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce at (970) 887-2311; Budget Tackle at (970) 887-9344; or Beacon Landing at (970) 627-3671. Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or klooby@skyhidailynews.com. Adult open category prizes in the Mackinaw, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Grand Slam1st, $1,0002nd, $5003rd, $2504th, $1755th, $1506th, $1257th, $1008th, $75Ages 17 and under must register but there is no charge to compete in the 5 and under; Ages 6-9; ages 10-14; or ages 15-17 category. Prizes range from $55 in cash for the ages 15-17 category; to $5 gift certificates. Certificates are from Budget Tackle, Beacon Landing Marina, The Paper Clip or Country Ace Hardware.Anyone can pay $35 to participate in the raffle even if they arent competing the fishing contest.1st prize, pickup, a $20,500 value2nd prize, snowmobile, $7,000 value3rd prize, fish finder, $300 value4th prize, ice hut, $300 value5th prize, power auger, $325 value6th place, DNA jacket, $45 value7th place, DNA jacket, $45 value8th place, ice rod combo

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