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Ice fishing contest hooks 74 hot-blooded anglers

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Photo by Hank Lohmeyer The ablest angler in the fourth annual Ice Fishing Contest was Eugene Wilson of Fruita shown receiving his cash prize from event organizer and originator Carol Jarbo of the Creekside Bed and Breakfast.

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.

Second place winner Michael Erickson of Grand Junction.
Third Place winner Ballard Bayless and son, Johnny, of Meeker.
Micah Moore, first place in the kids class.
Levi Kuntz, second in the kids class.
Colter Gose, third in the kids class.
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