User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


20° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Mobridge Ice Fishing Tournament Expanding

August 11, 2014, 6:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Mobridge Ice Fishing Tournament Expanding
MOBRIDGE, SD -

Organizers of a major ice fishing tournament in South Dakota are trying to make the event accessible to more people.

Starting this week, you can enter a lottery to win a spot in the Mobridge Ice Fishing Tournament. Organizers had to make some quick changes so people have more than a sliver of a chance to win.

"It's an awesome tournament, something to see and to be part of," Randy Carlson said.

Carlson has participated in the tournament in the past so he's already signed up for the coming January event. To thank people for their loyalty, the organizing committee let previous participants sign up for the tournament's 500 spots first. Others could win one of the remaining spots through the lottery.

"This year we actually had, when everything was said and done, only five spots left for our lottery," said Haden Merkel, director of Mobridge Chamber of Commerce.

With hundreds expected to enter, chances to get in would be slim so organizers decided to increase the total prize amount to $185,000 and expand the tournament by 25 teams.

The tournament committee doesn’t expect to increase the number of teams allowed in future years, but those entering the tournament through the lottery won’t be guaranteed a future spot. So as any anglers with secured spots decide not to come back, the number of lottery positions will grow.

"We're going to hopefully get to the point where we have 450 spots that are always filled and are secured and 75 spots for the lottery so it's a little bit more fun for people to be able to get in and hope to come fish with us," Merkel said.

As a Mobridge resident, Carlson likes the expansion and is excited to see more people participate.

"It's nice to see all the people come to Mobridge and we're able to accommodate them. It's just a good all-around, fun tournament," Carlson said.

This will be the tournament’s fourteenth year. It’s grown from 50 total participants its first year. It passed the 200 mark in 2008 and has filled every year since 2010.

2002 50 one-person teams
2003 50 two-person teams
2004 51 two-person teams
2005 86 two-person teams
2006 127 two-person teams
2007 148 two-person teams
2008 222 two-person teams
2009 395 two-person teams
2010 400 two-person teams
2011 450 two-person teams
2012 450 two-person teams
2013 500 two-person teams
2014 500 two-person teams

 

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Minnesota Man Catches Walleye Whopper

2/27/2015 10:21 AM

Paul Ell of Big Lake, MN snagged a 11.6-pound, 29.5-inch walleye after 6 p.m. Thursday night.

Full Story
Woman Admits To Having Sexual Contact With A Teenager

2/27/2015 10:44 AM

A former Sioux Falls teacher pleads guilty to sexual contact charges for a relationship she had with a student. 

Full Story
Canadian Man Tunnels Through Snow To Reach Car

2/25/2015 7:50 AM

Prince Edward Island in Canada is one of many provinces and states along the East Coast dealing with record snowfall.

Full Story
Mother Sentenced After Leaving Baby In Tub To Smoke Pot

2/24/2015 3:57 PM

A Sioux City mother who left her baby alone in the bathtub while she smoked pot will not go back to jail.

Full Story
Officials: K2 Caused SD Inmates To Have Seizures

2/26/2015 8:43 AM

South Dakota prison officials say two inmates had to be taken to the hospital earlier this week because they took an illegal synthetic drug while...

Full Story


Events