Fishing derby offers chance at $125,000 in prizes

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The Park Rapids American Legion's annual fishing derby attracts anglers from across the region, like this one from Detroit Lakes. The contest has some of the largest payouts on the ice, according to organizers. (Enterprise file photo)

Editor's note: This article has been corrected to show that the $30,000 grand prize certificate is from Park Rapids Ford and tickets are now limited to 4,000.

Tickets are on sale for the 22nd annual Park Rapids American Legion Fishing Derby.

The ice-fishing contest will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 on Fish Hook Lake.

In addition to entering the fishing contest, each ticket provides a chance to win raffle prizes. There are 66 raffle prizes lined up, with grand prize a $30,000 gift certificate to Park Rapids Ford.

The $40 ticket is available at American Legion Post 212 (732-3360), from Legion members and from authorized vendors. Tickets are limited to 4,000. Extra hole tickets will be sold on the ice for $10.


Prizes go to the top 10 fish in four divisions – bluegill-sunfish-crappie; northern-walleye-largemouth bass; perch, and rock bass – including $5,000 for the largest fish in each division and cash prizes ranging from $100 to $500. Cash prizes from $100 to $300 are also offered for the five largest fish in the white fish division.

A 2020 Ice Castle RV fish house will be awarded for catching the 20th largest fish overall.

Awards will be presented at 5 p.m. at the Park Rapids American Legion. Live results will be posted at

Festivities start with the welcome dance at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 at the legion, with music provided by a DJ.

Sons of the American Legion will serve breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 1, followed by a Post 212 fundraiser lunch from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wrapping up the event is the Fisherman’s Ball starting at 8 p.m. on Feb. 1, featuring Front Fenders.

For full contest rules, housing information, a list of prizes and more, visit

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