This year's Ice Fishing Contest hosted by the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce brought a record 74 entrants to the wintry expanse of a frozen Island Lake on Grand Mesa last Saturday.
In the adult category the winners as provided courtesy of the chamber were:
In the adult category; first place, Eugene Wilson of Fruita, fish caught measured 23-1/8 inches combined length and girth, and $275 prize;
Second place, Michael Erikson of Grand Junction, 22-5/8 combined inches, and $175 prize;
Third place, Ballard Bayless of Meeker, 21 combined inches, and $100 prize.
Most of the many fish caught during the contest measured in the 12- to 14-inch range.
In the 12- to 17-year-old youth category the winner was Mark Mc-Kinney, 18-1/4 combined inches.
In the kids' 11-year-old and under category the winners were first Micah Moore, 21-1/4 combined inches; second Colter Gose, third Levi Kuntz, and fourth Caden Richard.
Rather than cash, prizes were awarded to the youth anglers. Other anglers won prizes in a drawing that was held. Sponsors for the event in addition to the chamber were, Benson Brothers, Elevate Fiber, Creekside B&B, Reve Portraits, Stacy's on Main, Aflac Dawn Standish Independent Agent, Shelter Insurance agent Fred Carson, American Legion of Cedaredge, Leisure Time Sports, Big John's Lumber and Sportsman's Warehouse.