The fourth annual Ice Castle Classic ice fishing tournament attracted approximately 2,100 anglers to Lac qui Parle Lake on Saturday.

 

The fourth annual Ice Castle Classic ice fishing tournament attracted approximately 2,100 anglers to Lac qui Parle Lake on Saturday.

While last year’s tournament was held on the coldest day of the winter, anglers enjoyed a record-high temperature of 54 degrees on Saturday.

About 100 fish were caught. Catching the largest fish, and winning a prize of $10,000, was David Grant, who pulled an 8.84-pound northern pike through his hole in the ice.

In second place, with an 8.63-pound northern, was Ben Bina, who won an 8-by-16 Ice Castle fish house valued at $19,925.

Cory Magnuson’s 8.02-pound channel catfish was good for third place and a 6.5x10 Ice Castle fish house.

Jim Schnasa caught a 7.39-pound northern to win the fourth-place prize of a Kawasaki ATV.

The fifth-place prize of a 2,000-watt generator went to Scott Bruer for his 6.71-pound northern.

The 50 prizes for fish caught were worth $76,380.51. There 22 crap­pies, 15 northerns, 12 walleyes and one catfish. caught as prize-winning fish.

The contest went very smoothly. There was one man was caught trying to sneak a couple of small walleyes in his minnow bucket.

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