Woodward’s County Store, 42 E. Depot St. in Weston, ID, is holding their fifth annual ice fishing tournament on Feb. 2, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. There is a $10 entry fee. Weston is a town with a population of less than 500, and the country store is the only retail business in town.
“I only use the lakes around me,” said Van Woodward, store owner. “Sportsmen can fish Weston, Deep Creek, and Twin Lakes Reservoirs.”
First prizes will go to the longest trout with a cash prizes and a trophy. Cash prizes will also go to the second and third longest trout.
“So far, the longest so far was a 27 ¾ inch trout caught out of Twin Lakes,” he said. “Last year the big winner took home $550, but I can’t remember how big it was.”
Woodward also pays $50 for the biggest bass, $50 for the biggest bluegill, and $50 for the smallest fish.
There are also lots of door-prizes like hats, fishing gear, Pepsi and Coke products, and other items. Viking Leather also supports the Weston business at the fishing tournament. Viking Leather, from nearby Dayton, makes and sells leather goods for motorcycle riders including leather jackets, vests, and chaps, as well as patches, pins, purses, and bags.
“February is a great time for a tournament because it’s a boring month for outdoorsmen,” he said. “All of the hunting is over, and unless you’re a trapper, there is not much to do. This has been a fun event for our town,” he said.