There’s a layer about 24-inches thick on Beebe Lake today, and with temperatures still sinking below zero at night, the 16th annual St. Michael Lions Fishing Contest is set to roll from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1.
“This is such a family event, we love it when we can have some good weather and get the kids out there.”
The ice fishing tournament is one of the largest fundraisers for the local Lions Club, which shares Lions International’s mission of service and eye health. Funds raised from this year’s tournament benefit everything from local scholarships (for graduates) to other community service projects.
“It’s really a great group of guys, very talented,” said Jim Pichler, another of this year’s organizers. “They work hard at it. But it’s a lot of fun.”
This year’s ice fishing event promises to be a lot of fun, as well. Pichler said the community support from local businesses has been “amazing,” with prizes from , Cabela’s, and many more.
The St. Michael-Albertville Boy Scouts will be on the lake selling refreshments.
As for Dehmer and Pichler, they’ll be on hand judging fish and making announcements.
“You get the kids running up to you with fish of all sizes, and you want to make each one feel special,” Dehmer said. “It’s pretty fun.”
Tickets are $10 for adults (17 and up) and $5 for kids. They are available from Lions members or at the Hardware Hank store in St. Michael. Raffle tickets are $5 each and get anglers a chance to win items like a Vexilar fish finder or a Strike Master gas-powered auger, among other items.
KRWC Radio will be on hand with contests, and a live broadcast as well.
The Lions (in their traditional yellow vests with the purple logo) will provide parking instructions and some shuttles to the ice.
Holes will be drilled Friday evening by the Beebe Lake Association, so anglers should be careful when they head out to find their spot.
For more information, check the Lions website.