Devils Lake ice fishing tournament attracts record number of people

Devils Lake ice fishing tournament attracts record number of people

The ice fishing event Devils Lake Tournament hosted last week attracted an unprecedented number of people, including groups of media and fishing industry members, who came from across the Upper Midwest to see what the big lake had to offer.

Stump Lake and East Devils Lake at one end of the basin to Lake Alice were open to ice fishing. People came with different motives – some came for prizes and some just to explore ice and have fun.

The 32nd annual Devils Lake Fire Department Ice Fishing Tournament, North Dakota’s largest ice fishing tournament, broke the old record of 4,500 people set in 2015. Devils Lake Fire Chief Jim Moe estimated the total number of visitors in the range of 5,000 to 6,000.

Speaking about the event, Moe said, “I think we are going to have a record turnout this year. I'm expecting 5,000 to 6,000 people very easily … It’s very nice, a little wind, but the conditions are very nice. The ice conditions we were concerned about initially are now anywhere between 15 and 20 inches thick.”

This year’s ice fishing event generated nearly half a million dollars, and 50 per cent of that amount was given away in prizes; including cash, cars and tropical vacations. The remaining amount will be utilized by the Devils Lake Fire Department to upgrade its fire-fighting equipment, including trucks.