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Eleven Mile State Park Hosts Ice Fishing Tournaments
12/14/2010
Credit:
Colorado State Parks Press Release
LAKE GEORGE, Colo. - The 2011 Colorado Classic Ice Fishing Tournament
will start with the Grand Slam on Jan. 8, 2011, followed by the South
Park Ice Masters on Feb. 5 and ending with Marina March Madness on March
5.

The 11 Mile Marina is proud to announce that the Denver Sports
Column, Colorado's Top Sports Restaurant/Bar, located at 1930 Blake
Street, will be the new presenting sponsor for the ice fishing
tournament.

With almost 700 contestants in last year's series,
The Classic has matured into one of the state's premiere ice fishing
contests. In addition to Colorado fishermen, the tournament draws hard
water anglers from Wyoming, New Mexico, Kansas and Nebraska.

"When the cash payouts get as big as they do,
anglers from all over make the trip to Eleven Mile," said tournament
director Larry Falk. The tournament series, which started in 2002, has
grown into an annual rite of winter for ice fishermen who want to test
their skills against others in friendly competition.

All tournament contests are team events and each
team consists of two anglers, one of whom must be at least 18 years old.
Each event stands alone as a separate contest. If a team competes 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.
Thousands of dollars in cash prizes, determined by the number of
participating teams, are up for grabs. In addition, there are numerous
door prizes provided by participating sponsors that are given away at
each contest's award ceremony. This year, numerous pairs of Avalanche
and Nuggets tickets provided by the Sports Column will be awarded as
prizes. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Guffey
Community Charter School.

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 rangers 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
www.11milesports.com or call 1 (877) 725-3172. For Eleven Mile State
Park information, call the office at (719) 748-3401 or visit
www.parks.state.co.us.