Ice fishing enthusiasts have big plans this weekend on Magic Reservoir in southern Blaine County. The lake hosts its annual tournament Saturday and Sunday. Competitors are going for the biggest trout and yellow perch. They’ll weigh their catches throughout the day.
The tournament begins at 7 a.m. and ends around 1 p.m each day. The competition ends with a fish fry after the final weigh in Sunday afternoon.
Don Hartman owns the West Magic Resort and helped organize the West Magic Resort Ice Fishing Tournament on Magic Reservoir. He says some years the ice freezes three feet or more and people will drive out on the reservoir to fish.
Hartman says he won’t do that. Bottom line he tells Scott Graf, ice fishing is about camaraderie.