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Beaver Pride, Cass Lake Chamber host ice fishing tournaments

Anglers are invited to participate in a pair of winter tournaments on area lakes as Beaver Pride and the Cass Lake Chamber are sponsoring ice fishing events.

The third annual Beaver Pride Hardwater Classic will be Jan. 15 on Lake Bemidji and event organizers have acquired $40,000 in cash and prizes.

Part of the BRRRRmidji Polar Daze events, the fishing tournament will begin at noon and conclude at 3 p.m. A rules meeting will be held at 11:15 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded to the anglers who catch the first 50 fish and $1,000 will be awarded to the fisherman who lands the largest fish.

A tagged fish also will be released and anyone who catches it will receive a Honda CRV.

The entry fee is $25 ($15 for students) and may be obtained by calling 755-2294 or visiting

Anglers who register before Jan. 12 are also eligible to win a GPS unit. The public also is invited to enter a drawing and try to win an ATV.

For more information on the Hardwater Classic call 755-2294.

The Cass Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Winter Fishing Challenge Feb. 12 on Cass Lake.

The event begins at noon and continues through 3 p.m.

Chamber officials will award $2,000 for the largest fish and the angler who catches the 10th largest fish will receive $1,500. Other angling prizes are $1,000 for 20th place, $1,500 for 30th place and $1,000 for 40th place.

Participants are also eligible to win one of six $500 cash prizes through a random draw.

Portable ice fishing shelters are allowed but no wheeled or pull-behind fish houses will be permitted.

Entry fee is $30. Tickets bought at the site will be $35.

For more information contact the chamber at 335-2250.