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Chamber ice fishing contest fast approaching

You may hear an air horn blasting across the frozen expanse of Wisconsin tundra come Sunday, Jan. 26. That will be the signal for fishermen to lower their poles for the fifth annual ice fishing contest at Twin Lakes just west of Roberts.

The contest will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The event, sponsored by the Central St. Croix Area Chamber of Commerce, is a family friendly day on the ice, said Chamber president Katie Moll. The contest is open to all ages.

Moll encourages non-fishermen to come join in the fun too. People can warm themselves in a heated tent and warm their insides with food and beverages from the Hammond Hotel. No carry-ons of food or beverages are allowed.

Moll said there will be tons of prizes to win, many in non-fishing performance related drawings.

Moll listed these prizes as highlights: a Clam 400 ice fishing shack, a patio heater, a Clam Lazerhead auger, a $1,000 Lindus Construction gift card, a four-lawn treatment application from Green Touch, a JJ’s party bus six-hour tour plus $100 gift card, a Turtle Lake Casino dinner and one-night stay, tickets to a Milwaukee Brewers game, a signed Green Bay Packers football, one load of black dirt from Haas Trucking, 800 square-feet of blacktop sealcoating from Back to Black, a salmon fishing trip and a 32-inch television.

For those willing to try to lure the fish to bite, adults pay $10 per hole, limit three holes. Kids’ holes (age 12 and younger) cost $5, limit three holes. The top prize for largest fish caught is $500.

“We must see the fish alive,” Moll said. “And we measure, weigh and keep the fish. A leaderboard is going at all times.”

Moll said the chamber discussed moving the contest to a different lake because the number and breed of fish is pretty slim at Twin Lakes, but the community said no.

“We left it up to the people of the community and they said ‘this is our lake, this is our town,’” Molls said. “We’re going to keep it here.”

Moll said last year a three-inch bluegill won the top prize, so it’s really an “any fish could win” mentality.

The money raised from the contest goes to various causes, such as the Roberts food pantry, the middle school backpack program and scholarships, Moll said.

“The money stays right here in the community,” Moll said. “It does not go to the chamber.”

The 2013 ATV raffle winner will be announced at the contest too, Moll said.

Tickets have been on sale since July for a 2013 Polaris Sportman 500 HD ATV. Tickets are $20 each. Only 700 tickets will be sold. Anyone who buys $200 worth of raffle tickets will be entered in a separate drawing for a Smith & Wesson M&P9 9mm pistol. Raffle tickets can be purchased at L&M’s Bar, Sidetrack Saloon and the Cave Inn in Roberts and Parkside Restaurant, the Hammond Hotel, Ra’s on Main and JJ’s Sports Bar in Hammond.

Moll also said she is taking nominations for the 2013 Chamber Business of the Year through Jan. 6.

“We’re looking for a business that really stood up, that was involved and contributed to the growth and success of the chamber in the last year,” Moll said.

Nominations can be given by calling 715-796-2205. The award will be announced at the chamber’s annual meeting Jan. 15, at the Hammond Golf Club. Tickets are $15 and include a dinner buffet and one drink ticket.

To RSVP to the annual meeting dinner, send in $15 per person to CSCACOC, P.O. Box 291, Roberts, WI 54023.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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