Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) – A month in the making, the Ice Fishing Olympics kicked off this morning during bone chilling wind chill of 15-25 degrees below zero.
“Go, here we go with the jig sorts!” an emcee starts one of the contests.
Ice fishing fans from all over Minnesota and Wisconsin gathered at Grandma's Saloon where 20 contestants faced off for gold, silver and bronze prizes in Olympic activities fit for Minnesota.
One may wonder what ice fishing activities qualify for these Olympics; they are the minnow grab, jig sort and the aluminum can toss.
Northland passion for the tradition of ice fishing inspired this event.
"Ice fishing, you know, it's sort of you grow up in ice fishing, and there's a lot of new people into it now, but most people were taken by their grandparents, or fathers, or mothers or something like that," Owner of Marine General, Russ Francisco, said.
Three ultimate winners were each awarded with $6,200 in ice fishing gear, ice shelters, underwater cameras, depth sounders, ice augers and more.
Plus prizes worth $3,400, $2,000 and $800 were awarded to the gold, silver and bronze winners.
The Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show is kicking off this Friday and running through Sunday at the DECC. Admission is $9 for adults, and free for children under the age of five.
Ice Fishing and Winter Show at the DECC:
-12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Friday
-9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday
-9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday