FAQ

Q: Are tickets available the day of the event?
A: Yes
 
Q: Can you transfer tickets to another individual?
A: Yes The ticket holder will win the prize for the fish they catch and register to that ticket number.
 
Q: Can my son or daughter fish in the contest?
A: Yes, there is no age limit. They will need to have a ticket.
 
Q: I can’t find my ticket, can I still fish?
A: No, all contestants must have a ticket and it must be visible at all times.
 
Q: When do the shuttle buses run?
A: The shuttles will transport people on and off the ice from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
 
Q: Can I bring a cooler on the ice?
A: No coolers or large containers will be allowed in the contest area. Beer will be available on the Ice.
 
Q: Will you have bait for sale?
A: No
 
Q: Can I bring my own beverages into the contest area?
A:  No. Beer and pop will be available on the Ice.
 
Q: Can we bring our own food?
A: Yes
 
Q: Do I need a fishing license?
A: Yes, fishing during the contest is regulated by all Minnesota fishing laws. MD DNR Officers may be present.
 
Q: Can I bring a powered Ice Auger?
A: No. Hholes will be pre-drilled. You may need a chisel or a hand auger to re-open your hole Saturday morning. 
 
Q: What time can I start fishing?
A: 12:00 p.m.
 
Q: I caught two fish, Shoud I register both?
A: Yes, but only the largest fish you register will count.
 
Q: What is Ice Castle going to do with the money?
A: We will donate all of the proceeds to charitable organizations in this area. 
 
Q: When can I enter the contest area?
A: 8:00 a.m.
 
Q: Can I use a fish/depth locator, an underwater camera or a GPS?
A: Yes, we will follow the MN DNR ice fishing rules with the exception that you can only fish one hole per ticket and you must fish outside. No shelter houses allowed in the contest area. 
 
Q: Can I check the depth?
A: Yes. Absolutely no lines in the water from 11:30 a.m. to the start of the contest. Baited lines the the water are prohibited until the start of the contest. Contestants are allowed to check their depth prior to 11:30 a.m. Anyone with lines in the water prior to the contest for any other purpose than checking depth will be immediately disqualified. 
 
Q: When does the contest end?
A: 3:00 p.m. All contestants must be in the weigh-in line at or before 3:05 p.m. Remember, fish must be brought to the weigh-in area immediately when caught and alive. Dead or frozen fish will be ineligible. 
 
Q: Can I fish two holes?
A: Yes, if you purchase two tickets. Both tickets must be visible at all times. 
 
Q: Can my friend watch my line while I go to the bathroom or to register my fish?
A: No, please take your line out of the water. leaving your line unattended is against Minnesota law. 
 
Q: How big does a fish have to be to win a prize?
A: Any size fish may place in the top 50.
 
Bring an Ice Chisel or a Hand Auger. The holes are pre-drilled on Friday, so depending on the weather, you may need to break open your hole a little bit. Don’t use your boots.
 
Bring or buy a Minnesota fishing license. We abide by all state rules and you must have a valid fishing license to compete in the contest. 
 
Be sure to wear warm clothes and dress in layers. It is hard to know what the elements may bring. you may start the day in sunny weather and walk off the ice in the wind.
 
Bring a bucket or a large bag. The fish needs to be alive when you bring it up to the weigh station.
 
Bring cash. There are food and product vendors on the ice and many of them only accept cash, and there is is NOT and ATM or check cashing service on the ice. Beer will be abailable on the Ice.
 
Buy bait ahead of time because there is not bait for sale on the ice.
 
Bring your driver’s license if you are purchasing your tickets the day of the event.
 
Bring your fishing poles, gear and accessories. Consider buying an ice fishing rod available at most sporting goods stores.