Rifle tournament offers big prize for top anglers | PostIndependent.com

Rifle tournament offers big prize for top anglers

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colo. – It’s back.The biggest event on ice in the area. It’s the ninth annual Rifle Gap Ice Fishing Tournament, Jan. 20-21.The tournament is a fundraiser for the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Sportsmen Wildlife Fund.This is the third year in a row that the Rifle Chamber has offered a grand prize and a chance to win a $20,000 drawing. And that has anglers coming in droves to the ice.Last year’s grand prize winner, Fred Ladage of Grand Junction, had the chance to pick the $20,000 certificate.Ladage won $500 for his rainbow trout – the longest fish in the tournament.According to Aaron Fero, manager for the Rifle Gap State Park, the ice on the reservoir is good but the weather can always change.The competition is divided into three categories: adult, youth 11 to 17, and youth 10 years and younger. Each of those categories has subcategories of rainbow trout, brown trout and yellow perch. First- through fifth-place prizes, ranging from $500 to $50 in each of the adult brackets, will be awarded. Youth divisions receive non-cash prizes.Registration fees for adults, 18 years of age and older, is $40. All youth entrants are free. All entrants must have a valid Colorado State Parks pass.

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