Kremmling — $5,000 cash purse featured at Wolford Mountain Reservoir Ice Fishing Tournament
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Anglers will compete for $5,000 in cash prizes at the 12th Annual Wolford Mountain Reservoir Ice Fishing Tournament on Feb. 14, and a lucky competitor could catch a $12,000 tagged fish.
The Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event.
“It’s a really fun day on the ice,” said Executive Director Kacey Beres.
The Chamber encourages children and women to come out on the ice. Spouses may also spend their Valentine’s Day getting a massage or eating out at any of the town’s businesses.
Participants in the top 10 places for largest fish also will receive cash prizes.
Fishin’ Hole owners Dan and Deb Murphy will provide 10 trophies for the children who come in the top 10 places, door prizes for adults and eight hourly prizes, according to Dan Murphy.
“The ice fishing tournament brings much-needed revenue into Kremmling … at a time when business is slow,” he said. “It’s just a great time for everybody.”
The growing event attracted more than 600 anglers last year, an increase of 100 from the previous year.
Wolford Mountain Reservoir is located six miles North of Kremmling on U.S. Highway 40. People can drive an ATV or snowmobile on the frozen reservoir. A concession stand will also be available.
Hole drilling starts at 7 a.m., and a flare will fire to kickoff the event. Fishing is open until 3 p.m.
Types of fish include rainbow trout, brown trout, splake, cutbow trout, and kokanee salmon. If anyone catches a northern pike, a predatory fish that eats other fish from the lake, the Division of Wildlife will want to confiscate the bones, according to Beres.
Placing for prizes is based on length and girth of game fish caught by registered competitors during the hours of the contest. Only live fish will be measured, and all Colorado fishing rules apply.
Prizes will be distributed at 4:30 p.m. on the back stage of the Visitor Center in the Kremmling Town Square the day of the contest. Fishing licenses and entry forms will be checked before distributing prize money.
Registration costs $35, and children are free. They will receive goodie bags when they bring in a fish to get measured. However, children may enter as an adult by paying the registration fee and eligible to win adult and cash prizes.
A credit card registration form is available at www.active.com or to print a registration visit www.kremmlingchamber.com/events. Participants may also register the day of the contest at the Fishin’ Hole in Kremmling or at the Judging Tent on Wolford Mountain Reservoir, beginning at 6 a.m.
Event sponsors include: Fishin’ Hole, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Water Conservation District, Alacer Corp., the makers of Emergen-C, Grand Fence in Kremmling, and Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce.
Volunteers are needed and should contact the Chamber at (970) 724-3472 for more information.