Published February 17, 2012, 06:25 AM

Jamestown hosting ice fishing derby

An estimated 700 ice anglers from around the region will gather on Jamestown Reservoir this Saturday for an ice fishing derby that has become a February tradition.

An estimated 700 ice anglers from around the region will gather on Jamestown Reservoir this Saturday for an ice fishing derby that has become a February tradition.

The Fourth Annual Jamestown Rural Fire Department and Knights of Columbus Ice Fishing Derby draws in anglers from across North Dakota and other states.

“With some of the funding from last year and what we’re going to get this year were going to earmark that towards a new tanker,” said Rick Woehl, JRFD chief.

For $20 anglers get a ticket to fish and are entered into a raffle.

The anglers who get the three largest northern pike, walleye, perch and crappie will win cash prizes. First place lands $500, second place nets $100 and third place brings in $50.

The tournament is open to all ages and there will be a meeting going over the rules at 7 p.m. today at the Knights of Columbus.

There’s between 15 and 19 inches of ice on the reservoir, but no cars or trucks will be allowed on the ice this year because of the recent warm weather.

Registration is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and then the tournament goes from 1 to 4 p.m.

At 8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus $40,000 worth of prizes will be raffled off. The top prize is a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport, donated by R.M. Stoudt.

Other prizes include firearms, TVs, an ATV, a goose blind and various cash and gift certificate prizes.

The derby and the raffle is the biggest fundraiser of the year for JRFD and it has grown every year it has been held.

“Us as firemen, we like to have newer more dependable equipment, and this is one way for us to get the funding to do that,” Woehl said of the derby and raffle.

Perry Kuss, a volunteer firefighter and the derby’s founder, said if it wasn’t for the sponsors this event could never take place.

Tickets for the event are currently available at the Knights of Columbus and Cork & Barrel Liquors. Ticketholders do not need to be present to win the raffle.

Temperatures are forecasted to be between 34 and 40 degrees for the derby.

Sun reporter Ben Rodgers can be reached at 701-952-8455 or by email at brodgers@jamestownsun.com

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