Saturday afternoon the Hills Rez will welcome anglers taking part in the Beaver Creek Sportsman’s Club’s annual Matt Gehrke Memorial Ice Fishing Derby.
In past years the derby has drawn large numbers of fishermen, often more than 100.
The derby kicks off at 1 p.m. and is open to all ages and skill levels. Members of the BCSC will be on hand to drill holes and hand out prizes.
Prizes are awarded for the top 25 places and include premium prizes for individuals finishing first, tenth, twentieth and twenty-fifth.
Top prizes this year include a Clam Basecamp fish house and cash.
Participants over the age of 10 pay $10 to register and have two hours to catch the biggest fish. Registration begins at 12:30.
Participants can enter as many fish as they can catch during the two hours, even the small ones. The club releases all fish after they are registered.
Proceeds from the afternoon benefit the Minnesota Certified Firearms Safety program. The program was a favorite of founding BCSC member Matt Gehrke. Gehrke was an avid outdoorsman who was killed in a motorcycle accident in May 2008.
The BCSC is a local organization of men and women who enjoy the outdoors. They organize fishing tournaments in the summer and have a longest feather contest during the pheasant season.
They also provide ongoing support at the Rez Park. They often do maintenance work and financially support projects in the park.
Last year the event was canceled due to unsafe ice conditions.