2018 Ice Fishing Tournament begins at ElevenMile Jan. 6
Credit: CPW News Release
LAKE GEORGE, Colo. -- Colorado Parks and Wildlife is pleased to announce the 2018 Eagle Claw Shappell Colorado Classic Pro-Am Ice Fishing Tournament series at Eleven Mile State Park. Produced by 11 Mile Marina for the 16th year, this well-established annual event brings friends, pros and new acquaintances together for a day of competitive ice fishing.
Colorado's own Eagle Claw/Shappell is the presenting sponsor. The internationally-known Denver-based tackle company acquired Shappell, a maker of high quality ice shelters and related ice fishing products in 2017. With this acquisition Eagle Claw has committed to growing and supporting the ice fishing market here in Colorado.
1. The Grand Slam, Saturday, Jan. 6 -- this is a three species contest.
2. The South Park Ice Masters Traveling Trophy, Saturday Feb. 3 -- this is a trout-only contest for serious cash. Winning Teams have walked away from the Masters with a green jacket, bragging rights and over $4k.
3. The final contest is Marina March Madness, Saturday March 3 -- three two-hour fishing sets at the North Shore provide lots of winning opportunities along with on ice barbeque and basketball shoot out for cash and prizes.
The team contest is three events in one. A team consists of two anglers. Teams can enter individual events or all three. Those that enter all three save $50 and can win bonus cash, prizes and trophies. Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes are awarded at each contest.
Go to 11MileMarina.com for a complete list of sponsors, additional details and entry forms. On line registration is available or call 719-748-0317.
Anglers are reminded that park passes are required for all vehicles entering the park ($7/day or $70/annual). A valid Colorado fishing license is also required for all participants.
Park officials remind ice fishermen that ice thicknesses may vary considerably within relatively short walking distances. Anyone venturing out onto the ice should always go with a partner, drill test holes to determine ice thickness, wear a life jacket and carry ice picks, 50 feet of rope and a cell phone. Park rangers also recommend that anglers stay away from pressure ridges, open water and ice that is porous, soft or has granulated crystals.
Anglers and writers consistently tout Eleven Mile’s large reservoir for its outstanding fishing. When not reeling in a trophy rainbow, brown, cutthroat, kokanee or pike, there are nearly five miles of scenic hiking and biking trails that await exploration.