Annual ice fishing contest draws hundreds, despite bitter cold

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) — Saturday’s cold temperatures didn’t keep ice fishing enthusiasts away from the 6th Annual Jig’s Up Blugold Ice Fishing Contest.

The event was put on by Blugold Athletics, the UW-Eau Claire Recreation and Sport Operations Department and the Lake Wissota Lions Club. Ice fishers participated in several competitions and raffles, with a variety of prizes, they even had the chance to win a Ford F-150. Organizers told News 18 the event was a fun way to get the community out in the winter, but it was also about the students.

“They do all the marketing, they do the I.T. setup, they’re helping today, the day of,” said Sheryl Poirier, assistant director of Recreation and Sport Operations and UW-EC. “For me, getting our students out and getting real-life experiences that really make a difference, for me, that’s the best part.”

Money raised from registration fees and ticket purchases was shared between the three organizations, to help them with facility needs, community events, and support for students to participate in other activities throughout the year.

Samantha Wensel

Samantha Wensel

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