Ice Fishing Derby at Twin Lakes on Feb 16 & 17
What would make someone sit out in the winter cold and snow for hours, just hoping for a fish? Well, guess it beats working on the house or shoveling snow!
For the most part, ice fishing can be a solitary sport: just you, the ice shanty, the low-sitting winter sun, and time. Unless of course it comes to one of the many ice fishing derby’s held throughout Colorado in the winter. And one of these popular winter events is the 16th Annual Leadville Rod & Gun Club Ice Fishing Derby, to be held the weekend of Feb. 16 and 17 at Twin Lakes.
The derby is extremely popular among winter anglers, attracting upwards of 300 people every year. And if avoiding housework and snow shoveling isn’t reason enough to take in some ice fishing this weekend, then the prize money for the Leadville Rod & Gun Club Annual Ice Fishing Derby might be: over $4,000 in prizes will be handed out during the weekend.
The fishermen who catch the largest Mackinaw trout and the largest rainbow trout will both receive $500. And money isn’t the only thing they’ll give away: the club will also have a Ice Auger, Shanty and numerous other donated prizes.Ben Adair pulled in a big catch and win in the kids’ division at last year’s fishing derby.
The entry fee is $40. You can download a form HERE and bring it with you to the Weigh-in Station at the Twin Lakes Dexter Parking lot between Saturday Feb. 16 at 7 a.m. – Sunday, Feb. 17 at high noon. There is also a kid’s contest with trophies and prizes. Contact Cris Carey 719-486-3811 or Carol Luero at 719-486-0672.
So pull out shanty, grab your pole and auger and head out for some winter fun – and what may be the biggest fish you ever catch.