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United Northern Sportsmen ice fishing contest is back

The 68th annual event set for Jan. 20 on Island Lake near Duluth.

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Dan Byrnes hands his son, Nash, 6, a rod and reel during the 2019 United Northern Sportsmen ice fishing contest on Island Lake near Duluth. After skipping 2021 due to the pandemic, the contest is back Jan. 30. Steve Kuchera / File / Duluth News Tribune

After a year off in 2021 due to pandemic concerns, the United Northern Sportsmen Club is holding its 68th Annual Ice Fishing Contest at the club’s Island Lake grounds Jan. 30 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Entry tickets are $5. Anglers have a chance to win a $1,000 gate prize, even if they can’t be present. Prizes for the largest fish range from $75 for fifth place to $1,000 for first place. There will be additional prize drawings during the contest.

Shelters are allowed. Participants are allowed up to two holes. All Minnesota fishing rules and regulations apply.

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