Youth Free Ice Fishing Contest
A cold, breezy day greeted 136 youngsters who participated in the 7th annual Youth Free Ice Fishing Contest sponsored by the Otter Lake Booster Club, Inc. on Otter Lake north of Stanley. This contest was for youth ages 15 and under accompanied by an adult on Saturday, February 9.
Each entrant received a bag of fishing items, a 7th annual button with a number on it for a drawing at the end of the contest, waxies and wigglers for bait if needed, and a ticket for a free hot dog and hot chocolate. Club members were available to drill fishing holes and to help any anglers needing assistance.
Prizes were awarded for the largest fish in each of three categories: Bluegills, Crappies, and Perch. First place trophies and medallions to 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th places were presented to the winners in each of two classes: Class 1 for ages 10 and under; Class 2 for ages 11 – 15.
Additionally, hundreds of prizes (donated fishing gear) were given to entrants for each fish caught. The following are 2013 contest winners:
Class I (Up to age 10) Class 2 (11 – 15 yr. olds)
1st McKenzy Bauchman (Stanley) .59 1st Derek Smetana (Stanley) .55
2nd Ryan Bain (Altoona) .57 2nd Eric Hoffstetter (Stanley) .51
3rd Janni Bain (Altoona) .50 3rd Lucas Zach (Gilman) .47
4th Faith Mathison (Stanley) .49 4th Carson Christenson (Cadott) .43
5th Ella Nitz (Thorp) .48 5th Brody Andersen (Chippewa) .42
1st Ryan Bain (Altoona) 1.0 1st Tessa Pilgrim (Boyd) .86
2nd Mike Seichter (Eau Claire) .89 2nd Sam Jacque (Thorp) .83
3rd Trent Udelhofen (Stanley) .89 3rd Brett Schneider (Stanley) .78
4th Conner Bruhn (Chippewa) .85 4th Arica Hubbard (Thorp) .74
5th Mason Sande (Cadott) .81 5th Jason Brunner (Stanley) .55
1st Tavin Hagen (Sparta) .32 1st Eric Hoffstetter (Stanley) .51
2nd Gavin Huber (Cadott) .28 2nd Remington Lewallen (Stanley) .43
3rd Carlie Dietrich (Marathon) .26 3rd Brody Andersen (Chippewa) .37
4th Nathen Blum (Cadott) .26 4th Gavin Witt (Chippewa) .29
5th Ella Hagen (Sparta) .25 5th Ben Jacque (Thorp) .23
Winners of gift cards were contest entrants and had to be present after the contest. Winning $25 gift cards from Scheels were Liz Brunner (Stanley) and Carter Lane (Thorp). Farm & Fleet donated a $30 gift card won by Troy Duellman (Lublin). Winning $10 gift certificates from Wal-Mart were Hannah Komay (Onalaska), Deanna Schneider (Boyd), Olivia Hoel (Stanley), Carlie Dietrich (Marathon), and Ryan Bain (Altoona).
Otter Lake Booster Club Winter Raffle winners included the following: $250 Carter Lane, $100 Mark Dassow, $50 Dennis Angus, $25 Mike Brown, $25 Brion Kademan, $25 Karen Walne, $25 Chad Andersen, $25 Gary Brown, $25 Monte Olson, Karen Walne, and $25 Enid Fuchs. Winner of the 50/50 raffle was Don Amundson.
Special thanks are extended to the following donors: Ericksen’s True Value, Otter Lake Bait & Camp Store, Cheryl Olin, Marty Sorenson’s Corner Motor Auto Body, Farm & Fleet, Wal-Mart, Gander Mountain, Scheels, Comal Tackle Co., Danielson Company, Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle, HT Enterprises, Inc., Mister Twister, Rappala Normark, TTI Blakemore Fishing Group, and Wright & McGill Co. The day was a success thanks to all who donated and all who volunteered.
The Otter Lake Booster Club is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and improving Otter Lake and the area around the lake. Each year its major contribution is to pay for the electricity to run the aerator system which keeps the fish alive in the winter.