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The K9 Care Montana group gathers for a picture after reeling in a strong catch during the 2020 Valier Ice Fishing Derby.

The Valier Area Development Corporation is gearing up for the 2022 Ice Fishing Derby, which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Frances in Valier.

This year’s entry fee is $25 per person and the derby features 100 percent payout. There are a number of options for pre-registering, including:

•Norman’s Sports in Cut Bank

•Froggies Bar, Curry’s, Panther Café and DeVoe’s in Valier

•Robert’s Bait and North 40 in Great Falls.

Participants may also register the night before the derby at Froggies Bar from 5-9 p.m. or One Stop Cenex from 5-8 p.m.

Fishermen and women can also register the day of the derby in Valier at the Firemen’s Pavilion at 6 a.m. or at One Stop Cenex at 6 a.m. Entry to the derby officially closes at 10:30 a.m. and no fish will be weighed after 3 p.m.

Cash prizes will be paid for first, second and third places for biggest Pike and biggest Yellow Perch. Children 14 and under can win the “Kids Prize” for largest fish caught during the day of the derby. Awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m.

Last year’s payout was $1,870 each for the first place Pike and Perch.

All participants must have a valid Montana Conservation and Fishing License and follow state fishing regulations. VADC officials do not recommend anyone drive a vehicle on the ice.

To read the complete article, pick up a copy of this week’s issue or subscribe to the The Valierian, Browning Glacier Reporter, Cut Bank Pioneer Press and Shelby Promoter newspapers at http://www.cutbankpioneerpress.com/site/services/

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