Wildlife Prairie Park Hosts First Annual Ice Fishing Tournament

By Jennifer French

Wildlife Prairie Park Hosts First Annual Ice Fishing Tournament

July 15, 2010 Updated Feb 6, 2010 at 4:03 PM CDT

The cold weather didn't stop hundreds of local fishermen from casting their lures.

Wildlife Prairie State Park hosted its first ice fishing tournament this morning. More than 400 fishermen and women drilled holes into the frozen Taylor and Horseshoe Lakes.

Several contests were held for the largest fish, furthest travelled to catch a fish, and youngest to catch a fish.

Tournament coordinator Scott Carlson says that ice fishing is a bit different than fishing in warm weather.

"As far as other fishing, you're not casting, you're taking up a lot less space, you still have the use of sonar to get an idea of where the fish are, but you just have the one little hole to check and see where they're coming from," said Carlson. "Obviously you're allowed to drill more, but it's still a bit of luck."

Fish that were reeled in include bass, bluegill, red-eared sunfish and black crappie.

Carlson said that the park expects to host future tournaments in the spring and fall.

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