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Big Jig ice fishing contest draws crowd to Pike Lake

More than 1,700 anglers gathered at Pike Lake northwest of Duluth on a blustery afternoon Sunday for the 13th annual Big Jig Ice Fishing Contest to benefit the University of Minnesota Duluth athletic scholarship fund.

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Henry Hynes, 7, gets ice fishing pointers from his father, John, during the 13th annual Big Jig Ice Fishing Contest on Pike Lake northwest of Duluth on Sunday afternoon. It was Henry's first Big Jig. "He's been talking about it since summertime," John Hynes said. The event raises money for the University of Minnesota Duluth athletic scholarship fund. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
Steve Kuchera / News Tribune file photo

More than 1,700 anglers gathered at Pike Lake northwest of Duluth on a blustery afternoon Sunday for the 13th annual Big Jig Ice Fishing Contest to benefit the University of Minnesota Duluth athletic scholarship fund.

Chris Spanaway reeled in the biggest fish of the day, a 0.835-pound bass, and took home the top prize -- a 2013 Yamaha Rhino 4x4. Jack Bjorklund finished second with a 0.675-pound rock bass, winning a three-day houseboat trip. Third prize, a Yamaha F20 four-stroke outboard motor, went to Craig Gelineau with a 0.64-pound walleye.

Matt Baer (0.605-pound walleye) and William Brown (0.565-pound walleye) rounded out the top five. More than $50,000 in prizes were awarded during Sunday's contest.

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