Ice fishing tournaments loom in Grand County |

Ice fishing tournaments loom in Grand County

Hundreds of fishermen took to the ice of Lake Granby for the annual Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest last year. This year, the tournament takes place from Jan. 23-25.
Byron Hetzler/ | Sky-Hi News

Thick ice, the lure of the “big one,” the promise of prizes, and beautiful scenery to take in while you wait out your catch. It’s all in store this winter in Grand County, which plays host to three major ice fishing contests in January and February. Here are the details ice anglers need to know to get on the hook for thousands of dollars in prizes and priceless bragging rights.

Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest

From Jan. 23-25, this contest emanates from Granby. The competition takes place during three days on three popular fishing lakes in the Granby area: Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Grand Lake. Participants can fish one, two or all three days, and are eligible for daily cash prizes totaling more than $6,000 each day, as well as other prizes.

For Three Lakes’ Grand Slam prize, fisherman work to catch one fish from each of the following species: Kokanee, rainbow, brown, and Mackinaw. After weighing all four fish, the prize is awarded to the heaviest creel, or basket.

The Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest is open to all fishermen, not only serious anglers. Fees for adults range from $35 for one-day participation to $50 for all three days. Those 17 and under are free if entered before Jan. 20. For more information contact the Granby Chamber of Commerce at 970-887-2311, or

Wolford Ice Fishing Contest

On Feb. 21, Kremmling plays host to this contest, where prizes abound. There’s $10,000 for the winning tagged-fish competition, door prizes and hourly “big-fish” prizes for adults and youth. Registration costs $35 for adults and youth 15 and under who want to compete for the cash prizes. For more information contact the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center at 877-573-6654 or 970-724-3472, or visit

Grand Lake Ice Fishing Contest

On March 7 and 8, Grand Lake comes alive with the sound of ice augurs. Prizes are given in three categories (lake trout, brown and rainbow) for this two-day event. Participants are eligible for cash prizes totaling more than $6,000. In celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park’s Centennial, a $100 cash award will be offered for the 100th fish entered. A Welcome Party, Fishermen’s Feast, and more will entertain participants off the ice.

Entry fee for adults is $40 and children 14 and under are free. For more information contact the Grand Lake Chamber at 800-531-1019, or visit

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