Ice fishing tournament returns to Wolford Mountain |

Ice fishing tournament returns to Wolford Mountain

Garth Nordstrom of Elizabeth tries his luck during last year's Wolford Mountain Reservoir Ice Fishing Contest. Mild temperatures made for slushy conditions on the reservoir.
Byron Hetzler/ | Sky-Hi News

It is time once again to gather the fishing gear and head on over to the west end of Grand County for the 18th annual Wolford Mountain Reservoir Ice Fishing Tournament.

The competition will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Wolford Mountain Reservoir. Folks can begin staking out their favorite spot on the ice starting at 6 a.m., but hole drilling is not allowed until 7 a.m. Only fish caught between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday will be eligible for the contest.

Over $15,000 in cash and prizes will be up for grabs this weekend at Wolford. There will be a $10,000 prize for the winning tagged-fish competition.

The tagged fish competition has been going on for eight years now at Wolford and involves contest organizers tagging a specific number of fish with lottery numbers. This year tournament organizers have put 15 tagged fish into Wolford Mountain Reservoir.

Once a tagged fish has been caught and presented to the judges, its tag will be checked to see if it is the winning number. Only one of the 15-tagged fish has the winning tag. Anglers who pull in a non-winning tagged fish will still receive $250.

Since the tagged fish competition has been going on for numerous years it is possible for contestants to catch a tagged fish from a previous year. Tagged fish from previous tournaments are not eligible for cash prizes.

Another $5,000 in cash prizes will be awarded for the top 10 largest fish caught during the competition. Organizers will also be offering hourly big-fish prizes.

To be weighed for the competition all caught fish must be kept alive. Only live fish will be measured; frozen fish will not be accepted under any conditions. Neither sucker fish nor northern pike will be judged for the competition.

There is a $35 registration fee for entrance to compete for the cash prizes. The Wolford Mountain Reservoir Ice Fishing Tournament also features a youth division with prizes awarded for the top 10 largest fish caught.

Folks can pre-register for the tournament at the Kremmling Visitor’s Center. You can also register the day of the event at the Visitor’s Center, Kremmling Mercantile, Tri-River Ace Hardware and at Wolford Mountain Reservoir.

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