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Fish Festival of the Week: Ice Fish Fest


Beel generally does not consider as festivals, events that center about a fishing competition.  Beel makes an exception for the Ice Fish Fest, which takes place next Saturday, 26 January 2013, because the event is for a charitable cause, a lot of kids get a chance to sit outdoors in the cold, and the first rule of the competition is, “You are required to have fun at the tournament.”

Ice Fish Fest takes place on Catfish Bay, a small (20 acre) impoundment, near Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  It is a private facility, but is open to the public a few times each year for events such as Ice Fish Fest.  Anglers purchase tickets that allow them to fish in pre-drill holes in the ice.  Proceeds of these sales go towards a charitable cause.

A previous Ice Fish Fest on Catfish Bay, South Dakota.  Anglers catch bluegill, largemouth bass, crappie, and walleye among other species.  Alas, says Beel, there is no eelpout (AKA burbot).

Beel assumes there is a hole in the ice behind that bucket, but thinks these folks will be more successful if they actually get their lines in the water!

Beel notes that glass containers are not permitted at Ice Fish Fest, so bring your metal flasks!


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This entry was posted on January 21, 2013 by in Commentary.
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