Latest News – February 8

The 18th Annual Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Derby

The 18th Annual Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Derby sponsored by The Leadville Rod and Gun Club will be held on February 21 and 22.

IceFishDerby_2015_adThis 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. Unless 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 18th Annual Leadville Rod & Gun Club Ice Fishing Derby, to be held the weekend of Feb. 21 and 22 at Twin Lakes.

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

Pick your spot at the Annual Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Tournament. Photo: Julia Martinez.

Pick your spot at the Annual Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Tournament. Photo: Julia Martinez.

 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. And the entry fee is only $40.

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: ice auger and the portable ice shanty.

IOt's hard to beat the view out at Twin Lakes while you're waiting to pull in  that prize trophy fish.

It’s hard to beat the view out at Twin Lakes while you’re waiting to pull in that prize trophy fish.

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. 

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. For questions or more details, contact: Chris Cary 970-406-0129 or Patrick Lucero 719-486-0672.

Last Year’s Winners of the Twin Lake Ice Fishing Derby

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