National ice fishing tournament event will be back after successful stop in LaPorte

WNLP photos by Bob Wellinski

LaPorte’s lakes were dotted with ice fishermen, fisherwomen and fisherkids the weekend of Feb. 9-11, 2018, as the North American Ice Fishing Circuit national qualifier, as well as family events, were held here. Participants sloshed their way across the slushy snow-covered lakes in search of the perfect spots to fish.

The LaPorte Park and Recreation Department reports that despite less-than-perfect ice conditions, “the LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau has reached a multi-year agreement with the North American Ice Fishing Circuit (NAICF) to bring the national qualifier and the associated events back to LaPorte.”

The park department also reports: “Congratulations to Kevin Fassbind and Nick Smyers from Wisconsin on winning the NAIFC qualifier on Sunday. … Division winners from the local tournament were Austin Hensell (northern pike), Michael Zieba (bluegill), Edward Stewart (perch), Adam McCullough (crappie), and brothers Mark and Marshall Brown (bass).”

For more information on results and future events, visit http://www.naifc.com.

9 Responses to “National ice fishing tournament event will be back after successful stop in LaPorte”

  1. Ralph

    Feb 13. 2018

    Sad to see these Lakes being fished out.

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    • It is just terrible

      Feb 13. 2018

      Awful

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    • Bill Dance

      Feb 13. 2018

      I totally agree Ralph. Not only fished out, but beat to death with speed boats and jet skis (Pine Lake). Heaven forbid you try to fish with all of that chaos. Perhaps there should be a charge for out of towners to use the lakes, and the money could be used to restock them with fish.
      Sounds like a good idea to me.

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  2. really

    Feb 13. 2018

    did, any of you find out how many teams showed up ? did you know the rules of the tournament ? one line per man, two men teams. catch and release. fish must be alive for weigh-in. or due you just complain about everything. bill dance, they do charge for out of town people to launch a boat.

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    • Bill Dance

      Feb 13. 2018

      And is the money used to restock fish into our lakes? I don’t know about you, but I remember a lot better days fishing than what we have today. We keep abusing our lakes, but we don’t do anything to preserve them.
      Go fish!

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      • Craig M

        Feb 13. 2018

        Bill Dance,

        Perhaps you don’t remember just a few short years ago the lakes were being overcome by Invasive Milfoil. Since then annual aggressive weed treatments have been applied to control this very nasty weed. I and many other anglers have noticed the typical fishing patterns have changed since these very necessary treatments have been applied. Perhaps that is causing your fishing woes on the lakes rather than the first ever major ice fishing tournament? And by the way there has been major cost associated with that preservation effort.

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  3. Craig M

    Feb 13. 2018

    I think this is a nice mid winter event for La Porte to host. My son and I went to the weigh in and had a nice time seeing the catches from the 15 teams that entered the contest. I have boated / fished these lakes my entire life and I can tell you the fish don’t mind the chaos. Some of my best catches happen on Sunday afternoon in the summer when the traffic is at its peak. And as for fishing the lake out I can assure you an event like this won’t make a dent. Do any of you making some of these comments even own a fishing rod??

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  4. Kal

    Feb 13. 2018

    I may be mistaken, but I don’t think that out of towners are charged for the use of our lakes. We have a public boat launch. The boat launch on Pine is a privately owned; and I doubt that they pay the city any of the fees ($$$) they collect from that. I’d rather see ice fishing out there than boat races any day.

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  5. Nathan

    Feb 17. 2018

    This was a great tournament and I enjoyed watching the weigh and stuff can’t wait for them to come back next year!!!!

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