Published January 04, 2010, 09:19 AM

New panfish competition begins Northland ice-fishing contest season

The new Grand Slam Big Five Panfish Contest on Fish Lake will kick off a slate of ice-fishing contests in the Duluth area this winter.

By: Sam Cook, Northland Outdoors

The new Grand Slam Big Five Panfish Contest on Fish Lake will kick off a slate of ice-fishing contests in the Duluth area this winter.

The Grand Slam will be held from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday , and anglers may fish anywhere on Fish Lake. Entry fee is $25. The event, organized by Duluth’s Tom Pfister, is sponsored by Marine General and Luther Family Chevrolet of Duluth.

Check-in begins at 5 a.m. at Hi-Banks Resort on Fish Lake. Weigh-in will consist of five panfish (crappies, bluegills or sunfish). Fish do not need to be alive at weigh-in.

Tickets will be sold at Hi-Banks through 9 a.m. on contest day. Before the contest, purchase tickets before 5 p.m. on Friday at the Bait Box, Blue Max, Chalstrom’s Bait and Tackle, Duluth Lawn and Sport, Eagle’s Nest Resort, Fisherman’s Corner, Fredenberg Minno-ette, Hi-Banks Resort, Marine General, Mr. D’s Bar & Grill and Outdoor Advantage in Cloquet.

Other area contests:

  • United Northern Sportsmen’s Club’s 57th annual Ice Fishing Contest: Jan. 31 on Island Lake north of Duluth at UNS headquarters. Hours are 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.; gate prize drawing of $3,000 cash; additional drawings every five minutes during contest. Tickets available from any UNS member, or call (218) 590-7076 or (218) 722-2711. First prize for largest fish is $1,000. Second, $500. Third, $250. Fourth, $125. Fifth, $75. Also, $50 for largest fish caught by a child younger than 15. Go to www.uns-duluth.com.

  • Big Jig Fishing Contest: Noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 14 on Pike Lake. This annual event raises about $50,000 for the University of Minnesota athletic department, and the money goes toward student-athlete scholarships. A total of $50,000 in prizes will be awarded. More details available soon.

  • Kiwanis Last Chance Ice-Fishing Contest: Noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 27 on Fish Lake north of Duluth. Entry fee is $25. Various prizes for biggest fish of any species.

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