Locals prepare to brave the cold for Hyrum ice fishing competition

Idaho has them, other parts of Utah have them and now Cache Valley has its own ice fishing tournament.The tournament takes place Saturday, Feb. 18, at Hyrum Dam. Registration starts 6 a.m., with actual fishing running from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fishers can register until the number of participants reach 200. There is a $60 registration fee per participant.This is the first ice fishing tournament of its kind in the valley, and event organizers hope to make it an annual event.In the trout-only competition, judges will measure the trout caught Saturday from nose to the ends of the tail when pinched together. The biggest fish of each hour will win $200. Tournament winners will receive $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place, $750 for third place and $500 for fourth place. Prize money comes from each participants’ registration fee. Pay out is $200 for the biggest fish of the hour. Tournament winners receive $1,500 for 1st place, $1,000 for 2nd place, $750 for 3rd place and $500 for 4th place.Because of recent weather patterns, ATVs will not be allowed on the ice. To register before tomorrow morning, call Jake at 994-1646. Only 200 people can participate, and as of Thursday afternoon 140 people had already registered. Registration can be done in person Saturday as long as there are open spots. – rachel@cvdaily.com

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