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Hundreds attend Menahga Family Fishing Derby

By Sarah Smithssmith@parkrapidsenterprise.com The Menahga Family Fishing Derby may have had about 200 people more than sponsors had tickets printed for Saturday, but it didn't matter in the end. More than 500 people attended the derby as a tent c...

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The best way to see into your fish hole is to lie flat on the ice, which this angler did for a peek through, into the depths. (Pictures by Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

By Sarah Smithssmith@parkrapidsenterprise.com The Menahga Family Fishing Derby may have had about 200 people more than sponsors had tickets printed for Saturday, but it didn’t matter in the end. More than 500 people attended the derby as a tent city of colorful ice houses sprouted on Spirit Lake. Related content “We didn’t think we needed more tickets,” said organizer Marlene Snyder. In the past the city’s 300 tickets sufficed. She was still almost in shock over the turnout Monday. “We sold all the tickets. We could have used more.” Sponsors were still counting the proceeds Monday but Snyder said typically profits are used for city betterment projects, given to the Menahga Civic and Commerce Association. Each pink-cheeked kid bundled in a snowsuit walked away with a small package of jigs. And there were lots of kids.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1473890","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]] The temperature hovered around freezing, but the winds were sharp. About 60 fish were caught, Snyder said. All the categories of fish, northerns, walleye, bass and panfish, were filled to tenth place. And someone caught a whopper three+ pound bass. Kids and adults had a great time. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1473885","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]“I had a bite but I lost it,” moaned Julian Prendiz, who was sitting in a lawn chair surrounded by anglers. Adults Candy Gulsvig and Jodi Farden made their hot chocolate so strong, they were drinking brown sludge. “It tastes great,” Gulsvig reported. The two women are regulars at the tournament. “Thank God it’s 30 above, not 30 below!” Gulsvig laughed. Emmitt Makela won a prize for being the youngest angler on the ice. At 22 months, he made mom Sara proud. She had to carry him to the judges, however. His snowsuit made it almost impossible to move around in. Daniel Ylitalo was surrounded by kids Shenia, Vaughn and Ryland, as they watched their fishing hole for results. They said they’d caught nothing yet, but were hopeful a fish would find their hooks. Quentin Johnson, 3, was experiencing his first derby with mom Jessalyn with him. He was grinning to his heart’s content. About $7,500 in prizes was given out. A fish fry was held Saturday night at the VFW Club. Snyder said she was grateful to area businesses that donated prizes.By Sarah Smithssmith@parkrapidsenterprise.com The Menahga Family Fishing Derby may have had about 200 people more than sponsors had tickets printed for Saturday, but it didn’t matter in the end. More than 500 people attended the derby as a tent city of colorful ice houses sprouted on Spirit Lake.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1473888","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]“We didn’t think we needed more tickets,” said organizer Marlene Snyder. In the past the city’s 300 tickets sufficed. She was still almost in shock over the turnout Monday. “We sold all the tickets. We could have used more.” Sponsors were still counting the proceeds Monday but Snyder said typically profits are used for city betterment projects, given to the Menahga Civic and Commerce Association. Each pink-cheeked kid bundled in a snowsuit walked away with a small package of jigs. And there were lots of kids. Related content The temperature hovered around freezing, but the winds were sharp. About 60 fish were caught, Snyder said. All the categories of fish, northerns, walleye, bass and panfish, were filled to tenth place. And someone caught a whopper three+ pound bass. Kids and adults had a great time. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1473885","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]“I had a bite but I lost it,” moaned Julian Prendiz, who was sitting in a lawn chair surrounded by anglers. Adults Candy Gulsvig and Jodi Farden made their hot chocolate so strong, they were drinking brown sludge. “It tastes great,” Gulsvig reported. The two women are regulars at the tournament. “Thank God it’s 30 above, not 30 below!” Gulsvig laughed. Emmitt Makela won a prize for being the youngest angler on the ice. At 22 months, he made mom Sara proud. She had to carry him to the judges, however. His snowsuit made it almost impossible to move around in. Daniel Ylitalo was surrounded by kids Shenia, Vaughn and Ryland, as they watched their fishing hole for results. They said they’d caught nothing yet, but were hopeful a fish would find their hooks. Quentin Johnson, 3, was experiencing his first derby with mom Jessalyn with him. He was grinning to his heart’s content. About $7,500 in prizes was given out. A fish fry was held Saturday night at the VFW Club. Snyder said she was grateful to area businesses that donated prizes.By Sarah Smithssmith@parkrapidsenterprise.com The Menahga Family Fishing Derby may have had about 200 people more than sponsors had tickets printed for Saturday, but it didn’t matter in the end. More than 500 people attended the derby as a tent city of colorful ice houses sprouted on Spirit Lake.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1473888","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]“We didn’t think we needed more tickets,” said organizer Marlene Snyder. In the past the city’s 300 tickets sufficed. She was still almost in shock over the turnout Monday. “We sold all the tickets. We could have used more.” Sponsors were still counting the proceeds Monday but Snyder said typically profits are used for city betterment projects, given to the Menahga Civic and Commerce Association. Each pink-cheeked kid bundled in a snowsuit walked away with a small package of jigs. And there were lots of kids.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1473890","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]] The temperature hovered around freezing, but the winds were sharp. About 60 fish were caught, Snyder said. All the categories of fish, northerns, walleye, bass and panfish, were filled to tenth place. And someone caught a whopper three+ pound bass. Kids and adults had a great time. Related content “I had a bite but I lost it,” moaned Julian Prendiz, who was sitting in a lawn chair surrounded by anglers. Adults Candy Gulsvig and Jodi Farden made their hot chocolate so strong, they were drinking brown sludge. “It tastes great,” Gulsvig reported. The two women are regulars at the tournament. “Thank God it’s 30 above, not 30 below!” Gulsvig laughed. Emmitt Makela won a prize for being the youngest angler on the ice. At 22 months, he made mom Sara proud. She had to carry him to the judges, however. His snowsuit made it almost impossible to move around in. Daniel Ylitalo was surrounded by kids Shenia, Vaughn and Ryland, as they watched their fishing hole for results. They said they’d caught nothing yet, but were hopeful a fish would find their hooks. Quentin Johnson, 3, was experiencing his first derby with mom Jessalyn with him. He was grinning to his heart’s content. About $7,500 in prizes was given out. A fish fry was held Saturday night at the VFW Club. Snyder said she was grateful to area businesses that donated prizes.By Sarah Smithssmith@parkrapidsenterprise.comThe Menahga Family Fishing Derby may have had about 200 people more than sponsors had tickets printed for Saturday, but it didn’t matter in the end.More than 500 people attended the derby as a tent city of colorful ice houses sprouted on Spirit Lake. Related content “We didn’t think we needed more tickets,” said organizer Marlene Snyder. In the past the city’s 300 tickets sufficed.She was still almost in shock over the turnout Monday. “We sold all the tickets. We could have used more.”Sponsors were still counting the proceeds Monday but Snyder said typically profits are used for city betterment projects, given to the Menahga Civic and Commerce Association.Each pink-cheeked kid bundled in a snowsuit walked away with a small package of jigs. And there were lots of kids.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1473890","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]The temperature hovered around freezing, but the winds were sharp.About 60 fish were caught, Snyder said. All the categories of fish, northerns, walleye, bass and panfish, were filled to tenth place.And someone caught a whopper three+ pound bass.Kids and adults had a great time.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1473885","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]“I had a bite but I lost it,” moaned Julian Prendiz, who was sitting in a lawn chair surrounded by anglers.Adults Candy Gulsvig and Jodi Farden made their hot chocolate so strong, they were drinking brown sludge. “It tastes great,” Gulsvig reported. The two women are regulars at the tournament.“Thank God it’s 30 above, not 30 below!” Gulsvig laughed.Emmitt Makela won a prize for being the youngest angler on the ice. At 22 months, he made mom Sara proud. She had to carry him to the judges, however. His snowsuit made it almost impossible to move around in.Daniel Ylitalo was surrounded by kids Shenia, Vaughn and Ryland, as they watched their fishing hole for results. They said they’d caught nothing yet, but were hopeful a fish would find their hooks.Quentin Johnson, 3, was experiencing his first derby with mom Jessalyn with him.He was grinning to his heart’s content.About $7,500 in prizes was given out. A fish fry was held Saturday night at the VFW Club. Snyder said she was grateful to area businesses that donated prizes.By Sarah Smithssmith@parkrapidsenterprise.comThe Menahga Family Fishing Derby may have had about 200 people more than sponsors had tickets printed for Saturday, but it didn’t matter in the end.More than 500 people attended the derby as a tent city of colorful ice houses sprouted on Spirit Lake.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1473888","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]“We didn’t think we needed more tickets,” said organizer Marlene Snyder. In the past the city’s 300 tickets sufficed.She was still almost in shock over the turnout Monday. “We sold all the tickets. We could have used more.”Sponsors were still counting the proceeds Monday but Snyder said typically profits are used for city betterment projects, given to the Menahga Civic and Commerce Association.Each pink-cheeked kid bundled in a snowsuit walked away with a small package of jigs. And there were lots of kids. Related content The temperature hovered around freezing, but the winds were sharp.About 60 fish were caught, Snyder said. All the categories of fish, northerns, walleye, bass and panfish, were filled to tenth place.And someone caught a whopper three+ pound bass.Kids and adults had a great time.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1473885","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]“I had a bite but I lost it,” moaned Julian Prendiz, who was sitting in a lawn chair surrounded by anglers.Adults Candy Gulsvig and Jodi Farden made their hot chocolate so strong, they were drinking brown sludge. “It tastes great,” Gulsvig reported. The two women are regulars at the tournament.“Thank God it’s 30 above, not 30 below!” Gulsvig laughed.Emmitt Makela won a prize for being the youngest angler on the ice. At 22 months, he made mom Sara proud. She had to carry him to the judges, however. His snowsuit made it almost impossible to move around in.Daniel Ylitalo was surrounded by kids Shenia, Vaughn and Ryland, as they watched their fishing hole for results. They said they’d caught nothing yet, but were hopeful a fish would find their hooks.Quentin Johnson, 3, was experiencing his first derby with mom Jessalyn with him.He was grinning to his heart’s content.About $7,500 in prizes was given out. A fish fry was held Saturday night at the VFW Club. Snyder said she was grateful to area businesses that donated prizes.By Sarah Smithssmith@parkrapidsenterprise.comThe Menahga Family Fishing Derby may have had about 200 people more than sponsors had tickets printed for Saturday, but it didn’t matter in the end.More than 500 people attended the derby as a tent city of colorful ice houses sprouted on Spirit Lake.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1473888","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]“We didn’t think we needed more tickets,” said organizer Marlene Snyder. In the past the city’s 300 tickets sufficed.She was still almost in shock over the turnout Monday. “We sold all the tickets. We could have used more.”Sponsors were still counting the proceeds Monday but Snyder said typically profits are used for city betterment projects, given to the Menahga Civic and Commerce Association.Each pink-cheeked kid bundled in a snowsuit walked away with a small package of jigs. And there were lots of kids.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1473890","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]The temperature hovered around freezing, but the winds were sharp.About 60 fish were caught, Snyder said. All the categories of fish, northerns, walleye, bass and panfish, were filled to tenth place.And someone caught a whopper three+ pound bass.Kids and adults had a great time. Related content “I had a bite but I lost it,” moaned Julian Prendiz, who was sitting in a lawn chair surrounded by anglers.Adults Candy Gulsvig and Jodi Farden made their hot chocolate so strong, they were drinking brown sludge. “It tastes great,” Gulsvig reported. The two women are regulars at the tournament.“Thank God it’s 30 above, not 30 below!” Gulsvig laughed.Emmitt Makela won a prize for being the youngest angler on the ice. At 22 months, he made mom Sara proud. She had to carry him to the judges, however. His snowsuit made it almost impossible to move around in.Daniel Ylitalo was surrounded by kids Shenia, Vaughn and Ryland, as they watched their fishing hole for results. They said they’d caught nothing yet, but were hopeful a fish would find their hooks.Quentin Johnson, 3, was experiencing his first derby with mom Jessalyn with him.He was grinning to his heart’s content.About $7,500 in prizes was given out. A fish fry was held Saturday night at the VFW Club. Snyder said she was grateful to area businesses that donated prizes.

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