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More than 300 Anglers Participate in Sunriser Lions Ice Fishing Derby
The Sunriser event is one of the oldest ice fishing derbies in Montana
Alex Ellis of Plains shows off the 4.85-pound pike that took first in the largest pike category at the Sunriser Lions Ice Fishing Derby at Smith Lake west of Kalispell. - Photo courtesy Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Hundreds of anglers participated in this year's 42nd annual Sunriser Lions Ice Fishing Derby at Smith Lake.

The event was held last week and drew more than 300 anglers of all ages who fished from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and landed pike and perch as large as 5 pounds.

The Sunriser event is one of the oldest ice fishing derbies in Montana. The event was sponsored by the Sportsman Ski Haus, Walleyes Unlimited and Flathead Wildlife, Inc.

Prizes were awarded to the following anglers:

Biggest Pike: 4.85 pounds, Shane Ellis

Biggest Perch: 1.15 pounds, Eric Holden

Smallest Pike: 0.15 pounds, Garret Frost

Smallest Perch: 0.10 pounds, C. J. Kennedy

 
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