BROWN COUNTY - The 26th Annual New Ulm Area Sportfishermen Ice Fishing Contest begins with registration at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 on Clear Lake.
Sportfishermen member Scott Sparlin of New Ulm said he and a group of anglers recently had good luck fishing the lake with small minnows, near the top and bottom of ice fishing holes.
"We did real well," Sparlin said. "The lake has lots of crappies, perch, walleyes, just about any time of the day."
Fishing takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food and beverages will be available. Catch-and-release is encouraged.
Some of the more unusual contest prizes are trips for two to Lake Diefenbaker, a large reservoir in Southern Saskatchewan, Canada and a trip for four people to Dixon Lake, a much smaller lake in northeastern Itasca County, Minnesota.
"Lake Diefenbaker is a huge, deep, clean lake loaded with fish," Sparlin. "I haven't been there myself, but a number of club members fish there each summer. It's a great lake for catching huge walleyes."
The lake is home to 26 native and stocked fish species.
Other fishing contest prizes include a 12-by14-foot Ice Castle fish house valued at $10,000; an Aqua-Vu underwater camera and a gas-powered ice auger.
Registration fee is $5.