You couldn't have asked for better weather during Saturday's Fourth Annual Ice Bowl Ice-Fishing competition at Winchester Lake State Park. Fishermen of all ages flocked to the top of the lake to try to catch a combination of the ten best fish to be judged.
Prizes were donated from several different local retailers all the way from Moscow to Orofino. One of the best things about this year's competition was how much it's grown. Last year 47 anglers showed up, as for this year a total of 115! A few people out on the lake explain their favorite parts of this beautiful competition.
"It's more of a challenge," said Hunter Vallem. "You can't just look in the water and see where the fish are."
"I like this more because it seems like the fish here are not as mush," said Tanner Reinhardt.
"Seeing all the kids out here, the families out here, giving people something to do in the winter time, besides sit in front of the TV," said Winchester State Park Ranger, Frank Cirimele. "You know, honestly our society has kinda turned that way, not so much TV but computers and games. Seeing people come out here with their families, it's just exciting."
Taking a quick look at some results, adult first place goes to Norbert Schluessler with two bass, five trout, and three perch for a total weight of 5.9 pounds. In the twelve and under category, first place goes to Brady Moe with six trout for a total weight of 4.2 pounds.
Congrats to everyone who came out for either winning or just being part of such a beautiful competition!