Depth finders may be used during the contest. Underwater cameras may be used prior to contest start, up until 12:45pm, but not during the contest. No fish houses or enclosures are allowed as part of the fishing contest. Please review the complete set of fishing contest rules and regulations, here.
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There is no general admission cost to attend February Festival. Fishing contest tickets are $10/ticket, and concessions & s’more kits are available for purchase on the ice. All other activities and parking are free.
To purchase fishing contest tickets, click here.
There will be a tent with some heat and bonfires on the ice. Rotary Club will be selling hot beverages. There is no indoor space to warm up at the event.
Over $6,000 in prizes will be awarded as part of the fishing contest. Click here for prize list.
All “largest fish” prizes are determined by weight and will be awarded following the contest. You may enter all the fish you catch, but only one “largest fish” prize will be awarded per person. In the event of a tie in weight, the contestant with the first entry wins the higher prize, the second fish places next.
Please note: In the event that a portion of the “largest fish” prizes are not awarded using this method, a drawing from all fishing ticket stubs will be held to determine winners. Each winner will be asked a trivia question – if they answer the trivia question correctly, they will be awarded the prize. If they answer incorrectly, a new ticket stub will be drawn.
Here. Please read through these rules and regulations completely before registering for the fishing contest.
Fishing contest tickets are $10 each. Limit two tickets for each person fishing, one ticket per fishing hole. Please note that there is no sharing fish – the registered contestant is the only one that may submit a fish on a given ticket.
You can pre-register and purchase fishing contest tickets online, here. Online pre-registration closes Friday, February 4 at 12pm. Tickets are available for purchase day-of on the ice, cash or check only.
Fishing contest tickets purchased online on or before Sunday, January 30 will be mailed to the address given at registration. Fishing contest tickets purchased online beginning Monday, January 31 will be available at will-call at the event. Tickets purchased day-of, on the ice will be given to you immediately.
Yes. All holes will be pre-drilled.
Yes, tip-ups are allowed. Please review the complete set of fishing contest rules and regulations, here.
No food or beverage coolers will be allowed on the ice. The Chanhassen Rotary Club, food vendor, and Boy Scout Troop #330 will provide concessions available for purchase.
Any participant 16+ needs to have a fishing license to participate in the contest. Fishing licenses will NOT be available for purchase day-of. Merlin’s Ace Hardware in Chanhassen sells fishing licenses. Stop in to get yours before February 5!