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The three top winners of the Central St. Croix Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual “Indoor Ice Fishing” Contest include (from left) Byron Goodwin of New Richmond, Luke Smith of Roberts and Bill Anderson of Hammond. (Submitted photo)
The three top winners of the Central St. Croix Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual “Indoor Ice Fishing” Contest include (from left) Byron Goodwin of New Richmond, Luke Smith of Roberts and Bill Anderson of Hammond. (Submitted photo)

Catching ‘fish’ was never so easy

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New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

The weather wasn’t cooperating Sunday, Jan. 26, when the Central St. Croix Chamber of Commerce had planned to hold its fifth annual ice fishing contest at Twin Lakes, west of Roberts.

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So, organizers decided to improvise.

According to ice fishing contest committee member Katie Moll, the tent vendor called them Saturday, Jan. 25, to tell them he couldn’t set up the needed tents due to the windy conditions.

Committee members had to think fast. They ran through many ideas, and settled on holding an indoor event at JJ’s Sports Bar in Hammond because of the large building.

Moll said they had a nice turnout of around 150 people. Organizers got creative and came up with an indoor “ice fishing” game. The cost was $10 a “hole.”

“We held a ‘Fishing Contest’ by allowing participants to purchase their ‘hole’ and every half-hour they would draw a ‘fish’ (a weight written on a piece of paper) and then that weight would be added to their tally,” Moll said. “At the end of the contest, with all fish weights totaled, the top three winners were awarded prize money.”

Moll said the chamber had many other games set up around the bar. They sold raffles and gave away door prizes all day.

“There was a spinning wheel, dice game, a 100-square game (like a football board) and we even had live minnow races,” Moll said. “It was a great day.”

The money raised by the event will benefit the Roberts Food Pantry, the St. Croix Central Back Pack program and other community endeavors.

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