Ice Fishing

Here's a round-up of local area and state-wide fishing contests taking place over the next few months.

Fairmont Lakes Foundation Ice Fishing Tournament

Come try your hand at the Fairmont Lakes Foundation Annual Ice Fishing Tournament. Sign up at Sommer Outdoors. All tournament proceeds go toward the preservation and conservation of the Fairmont Chain of Lakes. The event will be limited to the first 250 registered anglers

When: Jan. 25, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Check in between 8 – 10 a.m. Shotgun start at 11 a.m. weigh-in is at 3 p.m. at Marina Lodge

Where: Fairmont Lakes, launching from the shelter house at Gomsrud Park, Fairmont

Entry Fee: $31

Prizes: $3,500

Brainerd Jaycees Fishing Extravaganza

The 30th Annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza is the granddaddy of them all. Grab your closest fishing buddies for the largest event on ice and a chance to win over $200,000 in cash and prizes.

When: Jan. 25, 12 – 3 p.m.

Where: Hole-in-the-Day Bay on Gull Lake, Brainerd

Entry Fee: $50

Prizes: over $200,000 in cash and prizes

Prior Lake Sportsmen’s Club Ice Fishing Contest

Join the Prior Lake Sportsmen’s Club 39th annual fishing contest. Holes will already be drilled and free minnows will be provided from Prior Lake Bait & Tackle. In addition, lunch and refreshments will be sold on the lake. Tickets will be sold at the contest.

When: Jan. 26, 1 – 3 p.m.

Where: The contest will take place on the North End Public Access of Prior Lake (Sand Point Beach) just south of the County Road 42 and 18 intersection.

Prizes: There will be continuous prize drawings and grand prizes. Grand prizes include 1st - $300, 2nd - $200, 3rd - $100, 4th - $50, and 5th - $50. Grand Prize winners need not be present to claim prize. Fish prizes include 1st - $75, 2nd - $50, and 3rd - $25.

More Info: Joseph W. Kane, (612) 916-3752

Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby

Minnesota’s largest fishing derby and one of the oldest is back for its 45th year. In addition to fishing there will an artic plunge, ice auger drilling contest, awards ceremony and after party.

When: Feb. 1, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Fishing from 12 – 3 p.m.

Where: Maple Lake, State Highway 55

Entry Fee: $5

Prizes: $50,000 - $99,999

February Fest Ice Fishing Contest

February Festival (Feb Fest) is held each year on the first Saturday of February on Lake Ann.

This one-day event draws typically draws in 1,500-2,000 participants and spectators. Activities include a medallion hunt throughout the week ahead, ice skating, a s'mores cookout on a roaring bonfire, sledding, horse-drawn wagon rides, dog sled rides, fat tire bike demonstrations, door prizes, concessions, and of course, the ever-popular ice fishing contest, with over 1,000 fishing holes drilled in the ice and fabulous prizes.

When: Feb. 1, 12 – 3 p.m., Ice Fishing Contest from 1 – 3 p.m.

Where: Lake Ann Park, 1456 W. 78th St., Chanhassen

Entry Fee: $10. Each person is allowed to fish from a maximum of 2 holes and a ticket is required for each hole.

Prizes: over $6,000 in fish prizes and $3,000 in door prizes

More Info:, 952.227.1100


Fish Lake Sportsmen Club Ice Fishing

Join in the 46th annual Fish Lake Sportsmen Club Ice Fishing Contest. Ice holes will be drilled and crappie minnows furnished on the lake sponsored by Prior Lake Bait and Tackle. Food, coffee and hot chocolate will be available for purchase. The event will be held snow or sun.

When: Feb. 2, 1 – 3 p.m.

Where: Fish Lake is located on Scott County Road 10 east of HWY 13 between Prior Lake and New Prague.

Entry Fee: Tickets are one dollar and available for purchase the day of the event

Prizes: There will be cash prizes for the largest fish as well as continuous prize drawings on the lake. The drawings for cash prizes will begin at 3 p.m. (winner need not be present). Other raffles will be available on the ice during the contest as well.

More Info: Eugene E. Hein,, (952) 224-6756

Holes 4 Heros Armed Forces Ice Fishing Festival

This prize-filled fishing tournament honors the Armed Forces who have served our country, and their families who have sacrificed along with them. There will be prizes, food, and fun activities for kids....not to mention great fishing. You do not have to be in the military to participate. The tournament is open to all. The Ice Fishing Tournament is sponsored by Timber Ghost Realty.

When: Feb. 1, 1 – 4 p.m.

Where: Medicine Lake - in front of Harty's Boat Works, 1920 E. Medicine Lake Blvd., Plymouth

Entry Fee: $10/person/hole advance registration until 6 p.m. on Jan. 30, afterward is $15/person/hole

Prizes: Over $5,000 in prizes

Get Hooked Ice Fishing Derby

Enjoy the 5th Annual Get Hooked Ice Fishing Derby in Luverne. There will also be a raffle and awards. The contest is open to all ages and temporary and permanent ice houses are allowed.

When: Feb. 8, contest is from 1 – 4 p.m. with awards give prior to 5 p.m.

Where: 213 E. Luverne St., Luverne

Entry Fee: Adults $15 or 2 for $25, youth $10 or 2 for $15

Prizes: Grand prize for the largest fish (any age) $500, $2,000 cash/prizes for adults and 2,000 cash/prizes for youth

More Info:, 507-283-4061

Wintercade’s Ice Fishing Contest

Litchfield’s VFW and American Legion will host their 10th annual Veteran’s Appreciation Wintercade Ice Fishing Contest on Lake Ripley. Numerous sponsor prizes will be given away throughout the contest. Limited to the first 1,000 tickets sold.

When: Feb. 8, 1 – 3 p.m.

Where: Lake Ripley, Litchfield

Entry Fee: $20

Prizes: 1st prize $2,000, 2nd prize $1,250, 3rd prize $750, 4th – 15th prizes $100


Chaska Fire Dept. Relief Assoc. Ice Fishing Contest

The Chaska Fire Department will host its 63rd annual ice fishing contest at Firemen's Park and Lake. In addition to fishing this community event feature games, prizes, raffle and plenty to eat and drink. There is no entry fee for the contest, and bucket raffles will be available.  All proceeds go the Chaska Fire Department, which is almost entirely a volunteer organization. 

When: Feb. 8, 1 p.m.

Where: Fireman’s Park and Lake, Chaska

Entry Fee: Free

Prizes: $1,000 - $1,999

Freedom Fishing Frenzy

The Freedom Fishing Foundation will host a Freedom Fishing Frenzy ice fishing contest. The Freedom Fishing Foundation supports veterans and military families by providing peace and tranquility through the sport of fishing.

When: Feb. 8, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: North Center Lake, Lindstrom

Entry Fee: $10

More Info: call 612-598-1555 or email:

New Market Sportsman’s Club Fishing Contest

When: Feb. 9, 1 – 3 p.m.

Where: McMahon Lake, located on the north side of Hwy 8 in Scott County

Entry Fee: $1

Fishing For Ducks Ice Fishing Contest

Garrison Wildlife Chapter of Duck’s Unlimited will host their 16th annual Ice Fishing Contest which brings in some of the highest in prize money. All fish must be caught by hook and line. 

When: Feb. 15, noon – 3 p.m., gates open at 9 a.m.

Where: Mille Lacs Lake, Garrison Bay, near Broadway Pizza and McDonalds

Entry Fee: $30 until 2/9 then $40 thereafter per person per hole.

Prizes: 100 total prizes awarded, plus on-ice raffles. First place $20,000

Ice Fishing 4 BIGS

Join in for ice fishing and outdoor fun to support Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities. The tournament is open to everyone. Warm refreshments, snacks, heated tent, and fishing bait will be available. The tournament is open to all who choose to participate. Registration required.

When: Feb. 22, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Crystal Lake Beach, Burnsville

Entry Fee: $20 per adult, $10 per child

Prizes: First and second place prizes for adults and kids.

Grumpy Old Men Festival

This annual Grumpy Old Men Festivals offer live music, costume contest, a Grumpy Plunge and of course a fishing contest. Now in its 28th year, this two-day festival also includes a scavenger hunt, raffle, Bingo, cribbage and Texas hold’em tournaments, spaghetti feed and much more.

When: Feb. 28 – 29. Fishing contest is on Sat, Feb. 29 at 11 a.m.

Where: Wabasha citywide, Fishing contest is held at the Parkside Marina

If we missed a nearby or important fishing contest in this round-up please let us know by emailing us at

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