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2010 Mobridge Ice Fishing Tournament

 MOBRIDGE- Cold weather is here and that means one thing, ice fishing on Lake Oahe! With the recent cold weather, ice conditions have greatly improved on the Missouri River, and anglers are now trying their luck. With hard water fishing here the Mobridge Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to host the largest 2-person ice fishing tournament in the Midwest, if not the nation to be held January 9th. Anglers from 14 states and Canada make up the 800 fisherman registered for the event, which filled in less than ten days. The committee has thoroughly researched many other tournaments across the nation and did not find one that has as many anglers as the tournament held in Mobridge. The popularity of this event is driven by great fishing, beautiful scenery, a charged atmosphere, comradeship, and the hospitality of Mobridge. All of this is complemented by anglers’ chance to win their share of over $100,000 in cash and prizes.  “We were able to find great sponsors which allowed us to purchase an unbelievable amount of prizes,” said Jesse Konold, Mobridge Chamber President. “Without their support, I don’t think this tournament would have grown to what it is today.” Konold continued,”the anglers that attend this event are guaranteed to have a good time, make friendships, and hopefully find some fish.”

Mobridge residents start to see the flood of anglers two to four days prior to the tournament. This type of inundation is great for the local economy and provides a big boost to start the new year. 

“The impact of this tournament is huge,” said Brent Kemnitz, owner of the MoRest Motel, “it fills up rooms that otherwise wouldn’t have been.” Anglers started to book rooms and make plans after last year’s tournament to make sure that they would have a place to stay for the 2010 event. “After the official announcement of capping the number of entries, our rooms were full in four days,” Kemnitz said. 

Anglers that participate in the one day tournament impact the community by tens of thousands of dollars. In a study by the tourism committee, it is estimated that nearly $135,000 is spent by participants during the week in Mobridge. 

“We do get directly impacted by the tournament, but we bring on more staff, which in turn maybe able to spend a little more in Moridge,” Kemnitz said. “The whole community is affected either directly or indirectly.” The truth is in the numbers, when comparing January 2008 to January 2009 Mobridge’s 3B tax increased nearly 20%. When visiting with Tim Frailing, owner of Bridge City Bait, he stated “this tournament is as good for our business as all the boat tournaments we have in during the summer.” Frailing continued “we order four to five times as many minnows during tournament time than the rest of the winter.”

The tourism committee is extremely pleased with the success of the tournament, and would hope the there will be continued excitement for this annual event. Just as Frailing said, “we didn’t know how to order for the tourney, but we shot big and it worked out for us,” while the tourism committee is shooting big to promote Lake Oahe, the Mobridge area, and the Ninth Annual Chamber Fishing Tournament and its ongoing success.

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Posted On: 12/15/2009 12:24 PM
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Region: North Dakota

Categories: Fishing > Ice Fishing
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