Ice Fishing

Ice fishing contest prize-winners cleared of fraud

(icefishing.org photo)BRAINERD, Minn. — Organizers of a Minnesota ice fishing tournament says an investigation into possible fraud has cleared three Ohio men who won prizes, including a pickup truck. Officials with the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza say the three family members have passed lie detector tests and will be allowed to keep their prizes, which also include $1,000…

Brainerd ice-fishing tourney investigating 3 prize-winners

(icefishing.org photo)MINNEAPOLIS — Organizers of the Brainerd Jaycees are investigating whether some competitors in this year’s $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza engaged in fraud. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports three of the 150 prize-winners in the Jan. 27 Gull Lake tournament – including the first- and third-place finishers, who are father and son – are being investigated to make sure their…

On Erie, before ice-fishing craze, ice harvest was the rage

(Photo courtesy of Vexilar)ERIE, Pa. — Gaze onto Presque Isle Bay these days and you’ll likely see legions of ice fishermen, huddled in shelters, enjoying their favorite winter activity. From the 1880s to the late 1920s, Presque Isle Bay in winter was inhabited by a different lot of outdoors types — scores of polers, plowmen, feeders, packers and foremen. In…

Large ice-fishing tournament a go this weekend

(icefishing.org photo)BRAINERD, Minn. — A huge annual ice-fishing contest in north-central Minnesota has been issued its event permit for this weekend. This year’s contest will be held Saturday, Jan. 27. Late last week, the Brainerd Jaycees and the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department checked ice conditions on Gull Lake’s Hole in the Day Bay for the 28th annual Brainerd Jaycees…

Exercise caution on the ice and on snowmobiles

Last winter was one of most dangerous on record in New York for winter outdoor recreation, particularly for snowmobilers and ice anglers. Unfortunately, this one is not off to a good start. On Dec. 16, a Queensbury, N.Y., man drowned after falling through the ice while fishing on Edgecomb Pond, a small body of water in Warren County that allows…