Sink a line to benefit the Central St. Croix ChamberDrop a line, help a community organization, win some prizes and have a good time.
Drop a line, help a community organization, win some prizes and have a good time.
That’s the Central St. Croix Area Chamber of Commerce’s plan for Sunday, Jan. 31.
The organization, composed of Roberts and Hammond area businesses, is hosting an ice fishing tournament on Sunday, Jan. 31, on Twin Lakes, 720 112th St., Roberts.
Registration begins at 9 a.m.; preregistration is available online at www.cscacoc.org. Fishing starts at 10 a.m. Cost is $10 per hole, with a three hole maximum. Fishing ends at 2 p.m. with a raffle drawing at 3 p.m.
There’s also a kids’ fishing tournament, with a cost of $5. Separate prizes will be awarded to the top young anglers.
A few weeks before the tournament, organizer Scott Woodington said he hopes to have at least some of the holes drilled prior to the contestants’ arrival that day.
Food, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, warming houses and bathrooms will be available on site. No carry-ins are allowed.
Although Twin Lakes isn’t necessarily famous for growing monster fish per se, crappies have been known to be caught there. The tournament has been approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Woodington said.
Should fish be caught, cash prizes will be awarded. Top prize is $500. Second place will get $200, third and fourth $150, fifth and sixth $120, seventh $90, eighth $60, ninth $30 and tenth $10. Prizes are subject to change.
Top fish will be judged by weight. Should fish tie, length will determine which takes the higher prize.
The Chamber is also selling raffle tickets for $1 each or six for $5. Raffle prizes include a 50-inch flat screen television, a $250 Visa gift card, a black powder gun and cash.
The Chamber’s board of directors is currently selling the tickets, Woodington said. Those people are Carol Smith, Michele Lyksett, Don Fowell, Katie Moll, David Lindquist, Brad Parrot, Lisa Christenson, Rena Hanson and Woodington.
This is the first year for the tournament. Planning started in the fall.
“I’m not sure why I thought of an ice fishing tournament,” said Woodington. “I’m not an ice fisherman.”
The motive, however, is clear.
“We want people to have fun on a winter day,” Woodington said.