Latest News – February 9

The 17th Annual Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Derby

You grab a line and I’ll grab a pole, Honey! You grab a line and I’ll grab a pole, Babe.

Leadville fisherwoman Jill Stamps drops her line into the icy waters.

Leadville fisherwoman Jill Stamps drops her line into the icy waters.

You grab a line and I’ll grab a pole, meet you down at the 17th Annual Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Derby sponsored by The Leadville Rod and Gun Club on February 15 and 16, honey, baby, mine!

This annual Lake County event draws in hundreds of winter pole-droppers from across the state to compete for cash and prizes. It’s certainly a favorite among locals and the competition is fierce! 

So what would make someone sit out in the winter cold and snow for hours, just hoping for a fish? Well, it beats working on house repairs or shoveling snow! For the most part, ice fishing can be a solitary sport: just you, the ice shanty, the low-sitting winter sun, and time. FishUnless of course it comes to one of the many ice fishing derby’s held throughout Colorado in the winter. And one of these popular winter events is the 17th Annual Leadville Rod & Gun Club Ice Fishing Derby, to be held the weekend of Feb. 15 and 16 at Twin Lakes.

The derby is extremely popular among winter anglers, attracting upwards of 300 people every year.

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 And if avoiding housework and snow shoveling isn’t reason enough to take in some ice fishing this weekend, then the prize money for the Leadville Rod & Gun Club Annual Ice Fishing Derby might be: over $4,000 in prizes will be handed out during the weekend.

Here’s a List of Last Year’s Winners

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The fishermen who catch the largest Mackinaw trout and the largest rainbow trout will both receive cash prizes. And money isn’t the only thing they’ll give away: the club will also delivers with some top-of-the-line prizes! 

The event headquarters and Weigh-in Station is staged at the Twin Lakes Dexter Parking lot. There is also a kid’s contest with trophies and prizes. Contact Carol Luero at 719-486-0672.

So pull out shanty, grab your pole and auger and head out for some winter fun – and what may be the biggest fish you ever catch.Obit_Spacer_Thin

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Camoflauge & Carharts at last year's Twin Lake Ice Fishing Derby's award ceremony.

Carharts & Camoflauge at the Annual Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Derby’s award ceremony. Talk about a tough crowd!

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