Kremmling: Wolford Mountain Ice Fishing Contest offers $11,000 cash prize
February 12, 2008
Some lucky fisherman is going to be $11,000 richer after he or she catches the tagged grand-prize fish during the 11th Annual Wolford Mountain Ice Fishing Contest being held this Saturday, Feb. 16 at Kremmling.Hundreds of ice fishermen and women are expected to be competing in this years contest. The contest, which will run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, is held on the Wolford Mountain Reservoir located six miles north of Kremmling on U.S. Highway 40. Topping the list of prizes to be won during the 2008 contest is $11,000 for the contestant who lands a specially tagged fish. A total of 10 tagged fish will be released into the reservoir. The angler who catches the tagged fish with the winning number on Saturday will take home the cash prize.When someone catches one of the 10 tagged fish, they must bring it to the Judges Tent where the number on the tag will be recorded as well as the length and girth of the fish, said Kacey Beres, the events coordinator for the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce. The person will learn at the awards ceremony whether their fish had the winning number.In addition to that spectacular $11,000 cash prize, this years Wolford Mountain Ice Fishing Contest has a cash purse of $5,000, which will be divided among the anglers landing the top 10 largest fish. The winners are determined by the girth and length of the fish.But the prizes dont stop there. This Saturdays Wolford contest also has hourly prizes for the biggest fish.During the contest, well be giving away eight hourly big fish prizes, Beres said. The contestants just need to bring in their fish and have them measured. Weve got some great hourly prizes donated by the Fishin Hole in Kremmling such as an Aqua-Vu underwater camera from Nature Vision.In addition to prizes for catching the tagged fish and biggest fish during the contest, those registered also are entered into the raffle contest for dozens of great door prizes which will be drawn during the awards ceremony.The prizes include another Aqua-Vu underwater camera from Nature Vision and a couple of packed ice shelters, also from Nature Vision, Beres said. Our other door prizes include gift certificates from Power World in Granby, Murphys Food & Spirits in Silverthorne, OAces Liquor in Kremmling, Melody Lodge Cabins in Heeney, Shake & Burger in Kremmling, Kremmling Merchantile, the Moose Cafe and Big Shooter Coffee in Kremmling, and the Middle Park Meat Company. We also will be giving away a hand-held digital sonar from Strike Master, and a 16-piece place setting donated by American West Taxidermy in Kremmling.Children ages 15 and under will also have the chance to win great prizes in the Youth Division of the 2008 Wolford Mountain Ice Fishing Contest. The kids will also be eligible for the eight hourly prizes that include gift certificates and products donated by the Fishin Hole in Kremmling, Beres said. And every child will get a goodie bag when they bring in a fish to be measured at the Judges Tent. The bags are sponsored by Target, Wal-Mart and Eagle Claw. Saturdays contest runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The awards ceremony will be held in Kremmlings Town Square Park at 4:30 p.m.There is no fishing or drilling of holes allowed on the reservoir until 7 a.m., Beres said. We will shoot a flare into the air from the Judges Tent at 7 a.m. to announce the start of the contest. The competitors have to wait until the flare goes off to start drilling their holes.For those competitors who want some hot food and drink during the contest, a concession stand will be located at the Judges Tent. It is being run by the Middle Park Fair & Rodeo Committee. It will be offering breakfast burritos and chili.Registration is $35 per person. Children 15 and under are free unless they want to compete for the prize money and the $11,000 fish.Competitors can register online at http://www.active.com until Friday. Registration is also taking place at the Fishin Hole in Kremmling or the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce office (113 Spruce St. Kremmling). On the day of the contest, anglers can go directly to the Wolford Mountain Reservoir to register at the Judges Tent starting at 6 a.m. The Wolford Mountain Ice Fishing Contest will a great day to take the whole family outside, have some fun and maybe win some great prizes, Beres said. The crowds are getting bigger and bigger every year. Its great for the towns economy and is our second biggest event of the year behind Kremmling Days.For detailed information about the event, call the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce at (970) 724-3472 or visit http://www.kremmlingchamber.com/events.