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Little Perch Worth $2,000 To Derby Champs


Bonnie Davidson / The Courier

Wouldn't you be smiling if you won $2,000 for reeling in a perch weighing less than a pound? You betchya. Josh Palm, left, and Travis Kittleson hold their prize money for winning last weekend's ice derby at Fort Peck.

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture held its 18th annual Ice Fishing Derby last Saturday at the Dredge Cuts Trout Pond at Fort Peck Lake. It was a diehard day for the fishermen and women who chose to participate despite the low temperatures and 25 mph wind gusts.

The contest had 41 participants, and 111 predrilled ice holes were sold. The contestants came from Glasgow, Jordan, Miles City, Brockway, Poplar, Wolf Point, Froid, Nashua, Fort Peck, Westby, McCabe, Park City, and Frazer. An estimated 80 more people came to observe and enjoy one of Chefs Mike & Paul's Famous brats & onions.

More than $3,750 in cash, prizes and raffles were awarded. The 50/50 was won by Ricci Olson in the amount of $200. The derby consisted of a sole .62 lb. perch caught worth $2,000. The rest of the cash prizes were done on the lottery system with all participants getting a shot at some cash.

The results:

1 – $2,000, Travis Kittleson and Josh Palm, Glasgow, .62 perch.

2 – $500, Chris Mortenson/Glasgow.

3 –$200, Joe Panburn, Miles City.

4 – $50, Rick Viste, Nashua.

More prizes were provided by sponsors.

The cash and prizes were awarded at The Gateway Club in Fort Peck following the derby. Sponsors were Edward Jones, JR's Party Store #24, Cottonwood Inn, Nemont Telephone, Coca-Cola, KLTZ/KLAN, First Community Bank, D & G Sports & Western, Thompson & Sons, Reynolds Foods, Ezzie's Wholesale, Nemont Beverage, Hi-Line Ford, Northern Prarie Auto, The Gateway Club, Newton Motors, Pacific Hide & Fur, NorthWestern Energy, Valley Bank, Scottie Car Wash, Cellular Plus and the chamber.

The next derby will be on Feb. 15, 2016.


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