A chilly but fun time at Rifle Gap Reservoir for annual ice fishing tourney | PostIndependent.com

A chilly but fun time at Rifle Gap Reservoir for annual ice fishing tourney

Karen Hazelbush with an 18-inch brown trout.
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More than 300 eager ice fishermen, women and children braved sub-freezing temperatures at Rifle Gap Reservoir on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18-19, to compete in the 16th annual Mountain Air Mechanical ice fishing tournament.

The ice was reported by a Colorado Parks ranger as between 12 to 15 inches thick, but fishing had been slow up to the tournament. However, that didn’t deter the crowd from landing fish and enjoying friends and family.

Prizes in each age division were $500 for first place, $300 for second place, $150 for third place, $100 for fourth place and $50 for fifth place. Categories were rainbow trout, brown trout and yellow perch.

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