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Fishing for $10,000 Prize

Are you an avid fisher who has the skill and the luck to catch the biggest fish in the lake? Care to take your chances and turn your fishing fortune into a $10,000 fortune? Then come on out to the 21st annual Billy Beal Classic Ice Fishing Derby, held on Saturday afternoon (March 17) at Whitefish Lake from 1-4 p.m..
The annual event is sure to be a fun time, with a bonus of numerous prizes being handed out all day. The grand prize of $10,000 goes to the largest fish, with other prizes going to hidden weight, hidden time, youngest fisherman, and heaviest perch. Prizes will also go to the second to 15th place winners, with sponsors donating items like an upright air compressor, propane ice auger, 10” table saw, and a Bradley smoker. Other prize details are available on page B5 of this week’s Star and Times.
“It’s open to (fishers of all ages), and the children fish for the same prize money as the adults,” said organizing committee chair Brett Church.
The event is run by the Swan River, Bowsman, and Minitonas Lions Clubs, and the money raised contributes to Lions Medical Assistance Fund, which is governed by all three clubs.
“Someone who needs medical assistance can apply to receive help from this fund,” said Church. “We will then donate as much as $1,000 to help them with travel or anything else they might need.
“As of March 1, we have paid out $300,000 to 302 residents.”
Church added that fishers should bring their own fishing gear, but there is no need to grab a fishing licence before coming.
Adult tickets are $40 and those younger than 16 years can purchase one for $30. Tickets for additional fishing holes are also $30.
Tickets are on sale from any Lions Club member, Cook and Cooke Insurance/Financial, Atkinson Sports Excellence, or Work and Casual World. They can also be purchased by credit card over the phone by calling 204·734·0102. A $5 service charge applies per ticket.
Those that miss out on purchasing ahead of time can also buy walk-on tickets for $50 for the adults and $40 for the juniors.
Those choosing to fish an extra hole can come down to the lake to pick one out starting at 11:30 a.m., with all other fishers welcome at noon.
“This is a such a great event to support because it’s a fun day of fishing out on the ice and all of the funds raised over 21 years have been used to support local individuals that need help,” Church concluded.

Jeremy Bergen