Over 900 anglers cast their lines in Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest
Granby’s annual Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest was held over the weekend and, according to local event organizers, nearly 1,000 anglers registered for the multi-day tournament in Middle Park.
Fishing action kicked off at 6:40 a.m. Friday as hundreds of fishing huts, snowmobiles and thermal-bound anglers dotted the frozen surface of Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake and Grand Lake. The contest weigh-in station, located at North Shore Resort on Lake Granby, opened at 9 a.m. and there were already several men waiting with their catches as the clock struck the hour.
The contest is put on each year by the Granby Chamber of Commerce in association with a host of local sponsors. According to officials from the chamber, a total of 991 anglers registered for the 30th iteration of the popular High Country fishing tournament, roughly the same number as last year’s tournament.
The Three Lakes Contest featured a tagged fish contest this year, wherein a set of 20 fish were tagged with hot pink Three Lake’s Tournament tags. In 2018 two of the tagged fish were caught, both on Friday, with the lucky anglers receiving a $1,000 cash payout for their catch.
Unfortunately for one not-so-lucky angler, Dan Halverson, the tagged fish contest was a lesson in perception.
In a video titled “The Ballad of No Grand Dan,” posted to the Three Lakes Contest Facebook page, Halverson detailed his story of catching a tagged fish right off the bat on Friday.
Halverson pulled the fish out of the ice, but did not notice the fish’s pink tag until he had already returned the fish to the water. The man tried to grab the fish from out of the water, but came away with only the fish’s pink tag. Halverson did not win the $1,000 tagged fish prize.
“I put it back in the hole, saw the flash of the old pink tags, reached in the hole, couldn’t get it back out. Therefore I became known as ‘No Grand Dan,’” Halverson said with good-natured humor. “Whoever I saved a $1,000 from your business, I’m coming for you next year.”
The tournament also handed out thousands of dollars in gear, gift cards and cash prizes for participating angler, though the big-ticket item for the weekend was a snowmobile raffle organized through Granby Bait N Tackle.
The snowmobile went to Denver area resident Dan Baker, according to shop owner Kim Ivy.
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