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300 registered so far for this weekend’s Three Lake Fishing Tournament

A lone fishing hut sits in the snow on top of the frozen surface of Grand Lake during the Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest.
File photo / Lance Maggart |

Grab your winter boots and fishing poles because Grand County’s annual Three Lakes Ice Fishing Tournament kicks off this Friday.

Contest action will formally get underway starting at 6:40 a.m. Friday. The tournament’s fish weigh station, located in the basement of the North Shore Resort, will begin accepting catches at 9 a.m. Friday. The tournament will continue throughout the weekend with award presentations Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

The Granby Chamber of Commerce puts on the Three Lakes Tournament each year in late January. This is the first year Granby’s newest Chamber Director Jessica Blair will be organizing the event.

“It has been really exciting,” Blair said Tuesday morning. “We were a little concerned a couple of weeks ago when the weather wasn’t cooperating. But now we are ready to go and we are seeing a lot of excitement. The buzz and atmosphere is pretty positive.”

Lake ice has been a bit of a concern as of late, according to Blair, who noted preregistrations for the event were trending somewhat low, due in part to concerns about lake ice. According to Blair though, Lake Granby is now fully covered with ice with an average depth of about six to eight inches.

Blair said she was still awaiting an updated lake ice report early Tuesday morning but all indications show ice thickness should not be a concern for this weekend’s tournament.

“People have been taking snowmobiles out there and they haven’t seen any open water at all,” Blair said.

As of Tuesday morning, roughly 300 people were already preregistered online for the tournament. Blair said she has not yet received preregistrations from local shops where citizens can pay their early registration fees in person.

“My understanding is that preregistration is pretty low and then just before and the day the tournament starts there is a mad dash,” she said.

Anglers will be happy to know there are some new prizes and accommodations in the works for this year’s tournament. Among the various cash prizes that will be offered for winning fish, registered contestants that spend $20 at Granby Bait and Tackle will also have an opportunity to win a snowmobile in a drawing. There will also be a tagged fish contest with any angler pulling up a fish with a hot pink Three Lakes Tournament tag — with tag numbers between 20 and 40 — being eligible to receive a $1,000 cash payout.

Blair was also happy to highlight that the Stuffed food truck on site all three days.

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