Wolford Mountain Reservoir Ice Fishing Contest Saturday, Feb. 18.
Anglers have the chance to win a $10,000 cash prize in the Wolford Mountain Reservoir Ice Fishing Contest on Saturday, Feb. 18.
The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife is tagging 15 fish in the lake, and the lucky angler who happens to catch the fish with the prize-winning number on the tag would receive the 10 Gs.
The host of the annual event, the Kremmling Chamber, makes the cash prize available through an insurance policy, according to Chamber Executive Director Shannon Clark.
Contestants also have other ways of winning. As much as $5,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top 10 largest fish of the contest, with the first-place angler awarded $1,300.
Also, a new ice-fishing rod will be awarded hourly to the angler who catches the largest fish within the hour, starting from 7-8 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. In total, eight rods will be awarded.
For the youth division, kids’ fishing poles will be awarded hourly for the largest fish, and at the end of the contest, trophies will be awarded for the top-10 largest fish among youth anglers.
All fish will be measured at the Wolford site; fish will not be weighed, but measured length plus girth. Prizes will be announced at the award ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce building at the town square.
The Wolford Reservoir fishing contest, in its 15th year, usually attracts about 500 adult anglers and 75 youth to the region, according to Clark.
New this year, she said, will be concessions provided at the lake by the Parshall Inn.
Tri-River Ace Hardware and the Kremmling Mercantile will both be open starting at 5 a.m. on Saturday morning for participants to register and to purchase day fishing licenses.
Also, the Kremmling Chamber will be open until 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, for registration.
The Wolford Mountain Reservoir Ice Fishing Contest is the Kremmling Chamber’s largest fundraiser of the year.
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