By Brenda Erdahl
An estimated 8,500 people braved the cold and snow to participate in the Maple Lake – Lake Property Owners Association’s 43rd annual Ice Fishing Derby Saturday, Feb. 3 on Maple Lake. Over the course of the threehour contest, 324 northern pike were submitted, two walleyes, eight bass, and 91 panfish. Charlie Hanson of Monticello turned in the 43rd largest pike to win the Ice Castle Fish House while Rebekah Mills of Maple Lake won the raffle for the second Ice Castle Fish House. Brock Campbell caught the largest walleye of the day with his catch weighing in at 3.816 pounds. Ryan Elsenpeter caught the largest bass at 3.726 pounds, and Doug Miller submitted the largest pan fish at 1.336 pounds.
John Northenscold Sr. earned an award for being the “oldest angler” at 81 years old, and Ava Thomas was the “youngest angler” at a mere 6-weeks of age. Brenda Naber won the Best Decorated Fish House sponsored by the Thomes Insurance Group and Progressive Insurance. She took home $200 with her “Happy Hooker Lodge.” Rita and Emily Jones snagged second place and a $100 prize for their decorating efforts. Their fish house theme was Krusty Krab & Chum Bucket.
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