MOLSON – Although the number of anglers was down somewhat from last year, the overall attendance at this year’s fourth annual North Central Washington Ice Fishing Festival was more than 400, according to event organizer Robin Stice.
The Grand Prize winner for 2008 was a “local,” Tim Roberts, from Molson. For his single heaviest fish of 2 lbs., 4.2 oz. Roberts took home a bright yellow NuCanoe valued at over $1,100. The newfangled, lightweight and very stable craft was donated by the manufacturer after being contacted by Ed Lawrence, owner of Extreme Adventures in Oroville.
Taking first prize in the Youth Division was 11 year-old Connor Forthun who was fishing with his grandpa Bud Forthun on Saturday. Connor’s fish weighed 1 pound, 3.5 oz. and was good enough to win him a $100 cash prize donated by Choice Auto of Omak and a $25 Gift Certificate from Yo Yo’s Restaurant in Oroville. Selah Valencia from Chelan took second place in the Youth category with her 7.3 ounce fish and won $50 donated by Harts Automotive of Oroville.