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24-hour ice fishing competition takes place on Lake Altoona

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Altoona (WQOW) - Fishers braved the cold overnight on Lake Altoona for the first annual 24-hour ice fishing competition.

The event, put on by the Altoona Lions Club, started at noon Saturday and ends at noon Sunday.

Ice fishers of all ages were competing to see who can reel in the biggest catch in five different fish categories. Those who rank the highest walk away with some brand new ice fishing gear.

Organizer Jerry Gordon said it was a great way for the Lions Club to interact with the community it serves.

"Just enjoying the outdoors, having a little fun and camaraderie," said Gordon. "It's just a good way to get people outdoors, enjoying the winter, and we can make a little money for the community that way."

For a fee, fishers can still register through the end of the competition. Just head to the Lions Club tent on top of the lake.

The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages eight to 17, and free for kids ages seven and under.

Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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