You Won’t Believe How Cold the Cash is on These Lakes
Who needs Las Vegas? On these Wisconsin lakes you can have big fun and the payout is huge. How huge?
In one contest, you could drive off the lake in one of two new trucks – and you don’t even need to pull in the biggest fish to win those wheels. Other contests offer smaller purses but the bragging rights are even bigger than the fish you might catch. And even when it’s not your lucky day in these tournaments, a day spent ice fishing with friends on these lakes is still a day well spent. Here’s a sample of some of the ice fishing tournaments happening this winter:
Battle on Bago
When: Feb. 27, 28
Where: Lake Winnebago system, Oshkosh, WI
Payday: $250,000 in total prizes, including two 2014 F150 trucks and two fishing boats and many other prizes.
Fisheree and Winter Festival
When: Feb. 14, 15
Where: Hodag Park, Boom Lake, Rhinelander
Payday: each day the longest northern picks up $500, second place is $200, third place is $100. Additional prizes for longest walleye, perch, crappie and bluegill.
Frozen Tozen Winter Fest
When: Feb. 21
Where: Allequash Lake, Boulder Junction
Payday: $100 cash and Frozen Tozen award for the largest fish.
Fun on the Frozen Flambeau
When: Feb. 20-22
Where: Dairyland Reservoir, Tony, WI
Payday: over $20,000 in prizes over the weekend.
What: USA Ice Team Trials
When: Feb. 26-28
Where: Holiday Acres Resort, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Payday: (priceless?) prestige. This event is used to select members of the USA Ice Team, which competes in ice fishing contests internationally.