KayLynn Roberts-McMurray

The Ely Times

Are you interested in winning some cash, and like to ice fish? You may want to head south of Ely to Cave Lake State National Park for the Ely Rotary Fishing Derby.

Earlier this week, Ely received 6 inches of snow, and freezing temps, making it a perfect setting for a fishing derby.

Ely Rotary’s President Shannon Sena explained how last year’s event was cancelled due to weather conditions and safety concerns.

“With the lack of ice, we had to cancel, however this year is different,” she said. “I spent this past Saturday and Sunday at Cave Lake for the Fire and Ice events and the ice and lake conditions are great.”

Entries are coming in, as of Monday, Sena reported 365 people pre-registered for the event and expect to see more.

In 2017, the Rotary Club had a record breaking turnout with more than 700 entries. Sena notes that he hopes to surpass that number this year.

If you’re not registered yet, you can register at the Convention Center, located at 150 W. 6th St. in Ely, on Friday, Jan. 25 starting at 4:30 p.m.

Dale Derbidge, secretary of the Ely Rotary Club, said “We are so excited that the Ely Rotary Club is able to host this great event. This is our largest fund-raiser, which allows us to award numerous scholarships and to help fund community projects.

“It is also beneficial to the community as over 90 percent of our attendees come from out of town.”

The fishing derby starts Saturday morning. The Ely Rotary Club will have food and drinks available for purchase at several locations on the lake and at the boat dock area.

The grand prize for a tagged fish is $5,000. Each tagged fish caught is worth $100 and there are also $100 prizes for both the largest fish and the smallest fish.

Even if you are not a fisherman, it is a great family event, and a chance to enjoy the beauty of our outdoors. We look forward to a great event,” Sena said.

Two unique contests that are becoming a tradition. The best hate and best shirt design.