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Two-pound plus crappie wins $10,000 for angler in Ice Castle Classic on Lac qui Parle Lake

Matthew Fragodt, of Montevideo, with his prize-winning 2.03-pound crappie Saturday at the sixth annual Ice Castle Classic fishing tournament on Lac qui Parle Lake in west central Minnesota.1 / 3
Tom Goodrich, right, and Mike "Cold Front" Kurre are shown with the 2.03-pound crappie that won $10,000 for Matthew Fragodt of Montevideo in the sixth annual Ice Castle Classic on Saturday on Lac qui Parle Lake. Submitted photo2 / 3
Matthew Fragodt with his fishing tournament trophy from the sixth annual Ice Castle Classic fishing tournament on Lac qui Parle Lake. Submitted photo3 / 3

MONTEVIDEO – Approximately 1,100 anglers braved subzero wind chills Saturday to participate in the sixth annual Ice Castle Classic fishing tournament on Lac qui Parle Lake, but no one felt better about braving the conditions than Matthew Fragodt of Montevideo.

His 2.03-pound crappie was the tournament’s best, and earned him the grand prize of $10,000.

The tournament is one of western Minnesota’s largest in terms of participants and prizes awarded.    

Since its start, the tournament has awarded over $150,000 in proceeds to a variety of charitable organizations.

Prizes are awarded for the top 50 fish. This year’s winning fish of 2.03 pounds was followed by a 1.45-pound crappie caught by Nikkie Street of Big Stone City, South Dakota. Street won a 2019 Ice Castle 8-by-17-foot Lake of the Woods model ice fishing wheelhouse.

More than 75 volunteers helped make the contest possible.

The full list of winners can be viewed on the website: icecastleclassic.com.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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