Grand County, Colo., Hosts Three Ice Fishing Contests This Winter

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Reel in a big catch – and some prizes – at these winter fishing competitions in scenic Colorado mountain town

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Thick ice, the lure of the “big one,” the promise of prizes, and beautiful scenery to take in while you wait out your catch. It’s all in store this winter in Grand County, Colo., which plays host to three major ice fishing contests in January and February. Here are the details ice anglers need to know to get on the hook for thousands of dollars in prizes and priceless bragging rights.

27th Annual Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest (Jan. 23-25, Granby, Colo.) – The competition takes place over three days on three popular fishing lakes in the Granby area: Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Grand Lake. Participants can fish one, two or all three days, and are eligible for daily cash prizes totaling more than $6,000 each day, as well as raffle prizes.

For Three Lakes’ Grand Slam prize, fisherman work to catch one fish from each of the following species: Kokanee, rainbow, brown, and Mackinaw. After weighing all four fish, the prize is awarded to the heaviest creel, or basket.

The Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest is open to all fishermen, not only the serious anglers. Fees for adults range from $35 for one-day participation to $50 for all three days. Those 17 and under are free if entered before January 20th. For more information contact the Granby Chamber of Commerce at 970-887-2311, grcoc(at)rkymtnhi(dot)com or

18th Annual Wolford Ice Fishing Contest (Feb. 21, Kremmling, Colo.) - Prizes abound at this one-day contest. There’s $10,000 for the winning tagged-fish competition, door prizes and hourly “big-fish” prizes for adults and youth. Registration cost is $35 for adults and youth 15 and under who want to compete for the cash prizes. For more information contact the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center at 877-573-6654 or 970-724-3472, or visit

4th Annual Grand Lake Catch and Release Ice Fishing Contest (Mar. 7-8, Grand Lake, Colo.) – Prizes are given in three categories (Lake Trout, Brown and Rainbow) for this two-day event. Participants are eligible for cash prizes totaling more than $6,000. In celebration of the Rocky Mountain National Park’s Centennial a $100 cash award will be offered for the 100th fish entered. A Welcome Party, Fishermen’s Feast, and more will entertain participants off the ice.

Entry fee for adult is $40 and children 14 and under are free. For more information contact the Grand Lake Chamber at 800-531-1019, or visit

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Located 67 miles west of Denver, Grand County is home to wide-open spaces, breathtaking mountain scenery and authentic old-west towns. Outdoor recreational activities include golf, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting and horseback riding.

The area features more than 600 miles of mapped and marked trails, one national park, one national forest, two wilderness areas, two national scenic byways, two major ski resorts, five world-class dude ranches and four mountain golf courses. Grand County’s extensive water network includes Colorado’s largest natural lake, 1,000 miles of streams, 1,000 acres of high-mountain lakes and 11,000 acres of reservoirs. Download Grand County’s new mobile app at


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