A cold snap created more ice and froze slushy sections, allowing the 2020 Menahga Family Fishing Derby to go on as planned.

Sponsored by the Menahga Civic & Commerce Association, the event is slated for noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

On Monday, organizer Dave Treinen said the Wadena County Sheriff conducted an ice check and authorized the event. “It’s good to go,” Treinen said.

A derby ticket costs $5. Anglers should enter at the Spirit Lake public access.

Cash prizes are awarded to the largest game fish in two categories. The angler who catches the third largest fish overall also captures $500 cash. Door prizes will be given away throughout the derby.

A raffle drawing will be held at the fishing pier at 2:15 p.m. Grand prize is an Ice Castle Fish House. Winners need not be present to win.

Raffle tickets are available at local merchants and from Menahga C&C members.

Holes will be pre-drilled within a marked derby area. Portable shelters are allowed, but are subject to inspection. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the lake during the derby. No one will be allowed on the ice prior to 10 a.m. The derby begins at noon sharp.