Eleven Mile State Park Hosts Ice Fishing Tournament
Colorado State Parks News Release
LAKE GEORGE, Colo. - The 11-Mile Marina announced the dates Thursday for the 2009 Gander Mountain Colorado Classic Ice Fishing Tournament at Eleven Mile State Park. The Grand Slam will be held on Jan. 10, 2009, the South Park Ice Masters on Feb. 7, 2009 and Marina March Madness on March 7, 2009.
All Grand Slam tournament contests are team events with a team consisting of two anglers, one of which must be at least 18 years old. Each event stands alone as a separate contest. If teams choose to be in
all three events, there is a point system that yields additional prize money.
All contests start at 7 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. In addition to cash prizes determined by the number of participating teams, there are numerous door prizes provided by local sponsors that are given away
at the awards ceremony and barbecue at the end of each day. This year's prizes include pairs of Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets tickets.
The tournament series, started in 2002, has grown into an annual rite of winter for hard water anglers who want to test their skills against others in friendly competition.
"The Colorado Classic pays out more cash in awards than any other ice fishing contest in Colorado and draws some of the best ice fishing anglers in the western United States," said fishing tournament director
Larry Falk. "But even anglers new to ice fishing often win money."
Park passes are required for all vehicles entering the park. 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 managers also recommend that anglers stay away from pressure ridges, open water and ice that are porous, soft or have granulated crystals.
For more information on the tournament, go to 11milesports.com or call (877) 725-3172. For Eleven Mile State Park information, call the office at (719) 748-3401 or visit www.colorado.gov/parks.